Where to see
Habitat: Open/rough ground, hillsides
Caterpillar 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 locations last year*:
When to see
Peak month May, but may be seen either side of this month
Sightings by month (last 5 years)*:
Sightings this year*:
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.
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*Please note: The charts shown on this page are drawn only from casual sightings submitted to this website. Records from this website will be added to a lot more data collected throughout the year and used to compile the five-yearly Butterfly Atlases for Dorset and the UK.