Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

Female.
Female.
Black antennae tips clearly showing.
Black antennae tips clearly showing.
Essex Skipper has black tips to antennae.
Essex Skipper has black tips to antennae.
Small Skipper has rufous tips to antennae.
Small Skipper has rufous tips to antennae.
 
Information

NERC Act S41: Not listed
Local status: Locally common, though may be in decline.
Found in colonies all over county in suitable habitat.
Easily confused with Small Skipper. (See above).
Size: Small.
Larval foodplant: Cock's-foot preferred, but other grasses used too
No. of broods: One
Flight time(s): Early July to mid August.
Winter: Egg. Doesn't hatch until spring.
Habits: Males perch or patrol for females.
Females are more secretive.
Both sexes feed on wide range of nectar sources.
Perches with forewings half-closed.
Flies as a high-speed orange blur.
Habitats: Unimproved grassland,
woodland rides,
brown-field sites,
road verges,
field margins
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