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view of a very faded Male Lulworth Skipper resting on a grass seed head

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

view of a very faded female Lulworth Skipper on a grass seed head

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian came across these Lulworth Skippers on 27/08/2017 at Durlston East whilst doing his transect walk.

As he says they are very faded and he didn’t expect to find any this late in their season, though they are not very predictable these days: see our “Unpredictable Lulworth Skipper” article)  He tells us that the top photograph is of a Male and the one above is a female. The yellow paw print markings on the upper fore-wings are usually more prominent on the females of this species.

Despite its name, Lulworth Skipper, this butterfly is found throughout most of Europe, but is restricted to the Dorset coast in the UK.

Lulworth Skipper caterpillars at Seacombe Bottom

Close up of a green caterpillar stretched out along the top of a blade of grass

Luworth skipper larva. Photo: Dom Greves

Small green caterpillar lying along the length of a blade of grass, pulling its edges together with silk it has spun

Luworth skipper larva. Photo: Dom Greves

Both of these shots were taken at Seacombe Bottom, near Langton Matravers in Purbeck. For a video of the caterpillars in action go to our News page

The Lulworth Skipper is only found in Dorset, and it should be on the wing before long. Last year it appeared on 27 May, and the year before that 21 May. See our Species page for more information. A good place to see it is Durlston Country Park.