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.If you find it, please report it via our sightings form.
A photo would be also be appreciated, as it is possible to confuse it with its less rare cousin, the Dingy Skipper: send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also one or two moths that could be mistaken for a Grizzled Skipper.
Both are very small butterflies: you can see the massive difference in size between the Grizzled Skipper and the Small Tortoiseshell below
Look out for it on chalk downland and other sparsely vegetated habitats, but look soon, as it will not be on the wing much longer.