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Skippers

Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages

  Dingy Skipper butterfly on Swell's Hill

 

Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae

This was photographed at Daneway Banks. This is a local nature reserve worth visiting, which is also the site at which the Large Blue was introduced. It is best visited by parking at Sapperton and walking down past the entrance to the old canal tunnel.

 

Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus

Photographed in Siccaridge Wood, close to Daneway Banks.

This is not easy to distinguish from the Small Skipper. (You have to look at subtle details like the colour of the tips of the antennae and the position and size of sex marks on the wings of the males.)

They should be slightly earlier than the Small Skipper (June onward) and this is in agreement with the dates associated with the photographs on this website.

Large Skipper Butterfly

 

Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris

These have often been encountered on Bownham Common, typically in July. Small Skipper Butterfly