Grizzled Skipper: streaks of grey | Nature Notes from Dorset

The grizzled skipper (Pyrgus malvae) is a far from common species, it may be overlooked of course but I see it only very occasionally. Dorset is one of its strongholds as it likes flowery downs and slopes and so the Purbeck Ridge and the sea cliff tops at places like Durslton and Portland Bill are good places to find them. They are quite a small butterfly and tend to fly close to the ground preferring soil and rocks as resting places.
They have two broods here in the south. The first brood fly in May and June and the second brood briefly in September. They lay their eggs on wild strawberry where possible

Read more: Grizzled Skipper: streaks of grey | Nature Notes from Dorset

Popular posts from this blog

Pelvetia canaliculata: the channelled wrack

Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica)