Dingy Skipper second brood. Photo: Mark Pike.
Taken at Badbury Rings, this shot by Mark is probably a second brood Dingy Skipper, given it’s very good condition.
Jeremy Thomas, in his book “The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland” remarks: “The main emergence occurs throught May, reaching a peak in the first week of June. It is over by the end of the month, except perhaps for a few faded stragglers that last for a week or two into July. There may then be a small second brood in August”.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny took this really crisp shot of a pair of mating Dingy Skippers at Kingbarrow Quarry on Portland on 26/05/2017.
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Dingy Skippers. Photo: Gordon Cryer
Another one which got missed, but is well worth a look. Mating Dingy Skippers, taken by Gordon Cryer on 22 May on Compton Down.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen
An interesting pose, caught at Compton Down on 4 June. Dingy Skippers will take this position when they are settling down for the night, and you can see why, from the marvellous camouflage this gives the butterfly.
Duke of Burgundy mating pair. Photo: James Gould
I went on the Dorset butterfly walk this Sunday 15th May at Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas and these photos were two of the highlights. A mating pair of Duke of Burgundy and a Grizzled and Dingy Skipper posing together.
Grizzled (on left) and Dingy Skippers. Photo James Gould
We’ve had several lovely shots of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers sent in, so we’re putting them all together here to help you with your identification.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray.
The two above were taken at Badbury rings on 3 April 2016. Mel reported one Grizzled and half a dozen Dingy were to be seen. They are lovely shots for seeing the details of the marking on either species.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff
The two above here were taken at Hod Hill (North Dorset) on 4 April 2016. John says he saw more than 25 Dingy Skippers, including some really dark specimens emerging during his visit. These shots give a good idea of the very small size of these Skippers – if you are new to butterfly identification, the tiny size of some British species can be quite surprising.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: Chris Becker
And lastly, another shot taken at Badbury Rings, but on 6 April 2016. Chris says: “What a fab morning at the Rings, glorious sunshine and quite a few butterflies as well”.
It is intriguing to note the variation in the clarity of the marking on the three different Dingy Skipper photos. As the butterflies get older they will all lose the clarity to some extent, which is the Dingy really can look dingy, and when telling them apart can get more challenging.
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Dingy Skippers mating. Photo: Mel Bray
A pair of Dingy Skipper butterflies, mating at Ballard Down on 04/06/2015; thanks to Mel Bray for the photo.
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Keith Beswick.
Dingy Skipper. Photo: Keith Beswick.
Both the above Skippers were found and photographed at Badbury Rings on 21/04/2015 by Keith Beswick. Keith also had a close encounter with a cuckoo!