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Can you find a Grizzled Skipper for us?

Grizzled Skipper with open wings
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Richard Belding

The Grizzled Skipper is increasingly rare in the UK, though it has been doing quite well in Dorset until recently. We need to keep track of its numbers, so we’d be grateful if you could look out for it. Continue reading

Duke of Burgundy Cerne

Pair of butterflies, side view, clinging to a seed head on a stalk

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.

Two small brown butterflies in among grass

Grizzled (on left) and Dingy Skippers. Photo James Gould

Can you tell your Dingy from your Grizzled?

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 with open wings on a dandelion type flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray

Grizzled Skipper with open wings on a grassy background

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 with open wings on a leaf.

Dingy Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

Grizzled Skipper with open wings

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 with open wings

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.

Cerne Giant Hill walkabout enjoyed by over 40 visitors

Two Duke of Burgundy butterflies, back to back in mating position
Duke of Burgundy, mating. Photo: Mark Pike

On 17 May butterfly enthusiasts travelled from across Dorset as well as from Devon and London to join a guided walk over the ancient chalk downland above Cerne Abbas. They were rewarded with the sighting of eighteen species, one of the most significant of which was the Duke of Burgundy Continue reading