Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
The Small Skipper is a common and widespread species found in rough grassland and woodland edges, requiring an abundance of tall grasses and wild flowers. It prefers more open sites than the Large Skipper.
It has unmarked golden-orange wings, although the forewing of the male carries a distinctive dark line or sex brand. It can be easily confused with the Essex Skipper, but the underside of the tips of its antennae are orange whilst they are black in the Essex Skipper.
It appears in early June and flies until the beginning of September.
Eggs are laid in the sheaths of Yorkshire-fog or Creeping Soft-grass.
Small Skipper Distribution Map 2006
|Recorded squares:||147 in 2006
188 in 2005
|Earliest record:||6 June 2006
12 July 2006
Sherwood Heath & Rotary Wood, Notts
|Latest record:||24 August 2006
Coombs Dale, Derbys
Small Skipper Distribution Map 2007
|Recorded squares:||100 in 2007
275 in 2006
|Earliest record:||11 June
Brownshill Quarry, Leics
Annesley Quarry, Notts
|Latest record:||27 August
Longstone Edge, Derbys
Small Skipper Distribution Map 2008
|Recorded squares:||103 in 2008
100 in 2007
|Earliest record:||8 June
Danes Hill Lakes
Ron & Barbara Overton
|Latest record:||30 August
Small Skipper - Female - © Christine Maughan
Small Skipper - Male - © Christine Maughan