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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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08 April, 2015

Small Skipper: a butterfly not children at play! | Nature Notes from Dorset

The small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) is a common butterfly species on the Dorset hillsides, downland and open countryside in high summer. it has a preference for tall grasses with wild flowers intermingled and as it flies from early June through until August (even in to September in some years) it particularly favours knapweeds and thistles.
The eggs are laid on the leaves of grasses, usually Yorkshire-fog and creeping soft-grass but they also use various other species including Timothy grass and catstail. The hatched larvae build little tents for shelter by pulling several blades of grass together

Read more: Small Skipper: a butterfly not children at play! | Nature Notes from Dorset