Where to see
- Habitat: Open/rough ground, clearings
- Caterpillar foodplants: Wild Strawberry, Creeping Cinquefoil
- Best places: Fontmell Down, Hod Hill, Durlston Country Park, Cerne Abbas, Lankham Bottom, Southfield Hogcliffe
Grizzled Skipper was recorded from these 1km squares in Dorset (2015-19).
- 1 record
- 2-9 records
- 10+ records
When to see
May be out in the last week of April, mainly seen in May, might extend into June.
Sightings by month (last 5 years)*
This year and last*
What to look for
This is a very small butterfly – see the photos showing it on a dandelion flower and on the same flower next to a Small Tortoiseshell. It is probably going to be found on the wing earlier than the Dingy Skipper, with which it can be confused, but they might overlap in late May and June.
The Grizzled has more definite markings than the Dingy Skipper and is usually darker.
There is also a moth on the wing at the same time which might cause some confusion: the Mother Shipton (see photo below).
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