Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae

 

Scarce and confined to lightly grazed areas with diverse plant species, the Grizzled Skipper's larval foodplants include Wild Strawberry, Salad-burnet and Creeping Cinquefoil.  Although the white-spotted patterning on a dark grey ground is quite distinctive, their small size makes them easy to overlook.

 

Images L-R: male; female; caterpillar

 

Flight period: April to June and sometimes in August