Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

 

The Dingy Skipper is another scarce species, preferring shortish sunlit grassland with Bird’s-foot Trefoil or Horseshoe Vetch which are the larval foodplants.

They make much use of bare ground where they can bask and this, combined with the rather drab markings and a tendency to fly fast and very close to the ground, especially if it’s windy, can make them quite hard to spot. 

 

Images L-R: male and female are virtually indistinguishable except by abdomen shape. 

 

Flight period: Late April to June and in hot summers there can be a second generation in August.

 

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Dingy Skipper