Two brown and cream butterflies joined and facing away from each other

Dingy Skippers mating. Photo: Christine Brown

Not as dingy as its name suggests: when it is fresh it is an attractive, if subtly coloured butterfly.

Where to see

Habitat: Open/rough ground, hillsides

Foodplants: Birds-foot Trefoil

Best places: Cashmoor, Clubmens Down, Fontmell Down, Hod Hill, Melbury Down, Ballard Down, Durlston Country Park, Cerne Abbas, Portland Tout, Lankham Bottom, Southfield Hogcliffe

Reported from the following Dorset locations last year:

When to see

Peak month June, but may be seen either side of this month

Dorset sightings by month (last 3 years):


Most likely to be confused with the Grizzled Skipper, this butterfly is more softly coloured. The Grizzled Skipper has more sharply defined markings, and distinctly chequered black and white fringes.

The female tends to be larger than the male and more strongly marked, especially regarding the series of white dots on the margin of the upper front wings.

Photo gallery

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