small golden butterfly with spotted fore-wings and silver spots on under-wings

Silver-spotted Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike. 

When Mark went to Fontmell Dowm on the 5/08/19 in search of Silver-spotted Skippers, he found seven of this delightful but scarce little butterfly.

This species is found on chalk grassland that contains short, sparse, turf. This warmth-loving species is typically found on south facing slopes on which its sole foodplant, Sheep’s-fescue, grows.

In Dorset Fontmell Down is the only site it has been found in recent years.

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