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Hesperid Butterflies (Skippers)

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Group: 
Butterflies

Small butterflies but strong flyers. Most species have an unusual seperated wing position when at rest

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris
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A common species of the Dorset hillsides, downland and open countryside where there are tall grasses with wild flowers intermingled.


 

Essex Skipper

Thymelicus lineola
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Very similar to the small skipper, minute detailed differences so possibly under recorded.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Lulworth Skipper

Thymelicus acteon
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A butterfly exclusive to Dorset occuring all along the cliffs of the Purbeck coast from Ballard Down to White Nothe Point.


 

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hesperia comma
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An increasingly rare butterfly with specific habitat requirements and found only on Fontmell Down. 


 

 

Large Skipper

Ochlodes venata
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A common skipper found on grasslands, open spaces and especially on the edges of woodland where there is lots of shrubby vegetation June until early September.


 

Dingy Skipper

Erynnis tages
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The dingy skipper is associated with birds-foot trefoil and can be found in quarries, on open rough ground, edges of woodland, even on heathland; it is particularly on chalk and limestone. 


 

Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus malvae
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A small butterfly that likes flowery downs and slopes; they fly close to the ground preferring soil and rocks as resting places.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard