Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Male. (The thin dark line in the centre of the forewing distinguishes the sexes)
Male. (The thin dark line in the centre of the forewing distinguishes the sexes)
Female.
Female.
Female feigning to lay. No egg was found.
Female feigning to lay. No egg was found.
 
Information

NERC Act S41: Not listed
Local status: Locally common though may be declining.
Found in colonies all over county in suitable habitat
Size: Small.
Larval foodplant: Yorkshire fog preferred, but other grasses used too
No. of broods: One
Flight time(s): Late June to mid August
Winter: Larva hibernates immediately after hatching. Only starts to feed in the 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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