Thank you all so very much for your great comments and votes following yesterdays upload of my Common Darter.
This little fella was captured the very same day as we were strolling through a beautiful meadow within spitting distance from the Bungalow.
European skipper, European skipperling, Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)
Orange brown - with the male having a small black line on its upperwings. Can also be identified with its antennal club which is black.
Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Lulworth Skipper
About 2 weeks.
Essex and along the Thames Estuary towards the London Suburbs. Colonies also exist in the Cotswolds alongside newly constructed bypasses and are believed to have been introduced when the verges were seeded with grass and wildflowers seeds originating from elsewhere where this butterfly is found.
The Essex Skipper is found in tall, dry grasslands in open sunny situations, especially roadside verges, woodland rides and acid grasslands, as well as coastal marshes.
The main species used is ****'s-foot, although the butterfly may use several other grasses including Creeping Soft-grass, Common Couch, Timothy, Meadow Foxtail, False Brome, and Tor-grass. It rarely uses Yorkshire-fog, the preferred food plant of the Small Skipper.
I hoe that you all have a wonderful day, it's going to be hot....
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