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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 July, 2010

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

The Small Skipper is a common species of the Dorset hillsides, downland and open countryside with a special interest in damp areas.

Flying in July and August it particularly favours knapweeds and thistles but this one on Common Fleabane has produced the best photographic result for me so far.

For their larvae's food plant they use a range of grasses which include various bromes, Timothy Grass and Catstail. The hatched larvae build little tents for shelter by pulling several blades of grass together, this is quite typical of skipper species in general.