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

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