Hesperiidae: Pyrginae

1527 (ABH57.005) Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola, (Ochsenheimer, 1808)

KR06923

Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Woodwalton Marsh
Woodwalton Marsh
 Photo © Roger Orbell


General Information

This species can be readily distinguished from the Small Skipper as the undersides of the clubbed antenna are black (the Small Skipper's are orange).

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.

Wingspan: 26-30mm
Foodplant(s): Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), grasses
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Tall, dry grassland in sunny locations.

Regional Information

Recorded in 201 (74.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 07 February to 14 September

Similar Species
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, white, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5