Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)


Small Skippers are widespread in uncut, tall grassy areas where there are flowers such as Knapweed or Bramble. The wings are plain golden brown with a darkish border and the male fore-wing has a slightly curved diagonal black line in the centre. The clubbed tips of the antennae are brown beneath whereas the Essex Skipper’s are black. Eggs are laid on grasses, with Yorkshire-fog usually chosen.


Images L-R: male showing the brown antennae tips and the slightly curved dark line on the wing; male; female; below - mating pair


Flight period: June to August or just into September


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Small Skipper