Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae

1529 (ABH57.008) Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR06928

Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill
 Photo © Hazel Orbell
Beacon Hill
 Photo © Hazel Orbell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Aston Rowant
Aston Rowant
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Aston Rowant, Aug 2009, (female).
Aston Rowant, Aug 2009, (female).
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Aston Rowant, Aug 2009, (female).
Aston Rowant, Aug 2009, (female).
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This species is now restricted to the chalk downs of southern England.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.

Wingspan: M: 29-34mm, F: 32-37mm
Foodplant(s): Sheep's-fescue (Festuca ovina)
Flying: One generation, late July-mid September
UK Presence: Resident

Habitat

Open chalk grassland.

Regional Information

This species has been recorded in Huntingdonshire, but without locational data.

Last recorded in

Similar Species
Monks Wood (female)
Monks Wood (female)
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus (=faunus)


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Grey, green, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5