Hesperiidae: Pyrginae

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


Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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


Tall, dry grassland in sunny locations.

Regional Information

Recorded in 203 (75.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2023

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

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

Larva Type:
Green, white, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: