Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris

I so enjoy watching these small butterflies near the local river or in the meadows. The uppersides are bright golden orange with black fringes and white margins. The males sport a black sex-brand in the centre of the forewing. The underside of the antennal club is orange. Wingspan up to 30mm (1 3/16in).

The caterpillars feed on various grasses, especially Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus).

It flies May to August, and is found in rough, grassy places of all kinds. A resident species which is common and widespread throughout England and Wales.

Photographs of female Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), taken July 2016, during a walk along local river bank, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

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