Where to see
Habitat: South-facing Purbeck hillsides
Caterpillar foodplants: Tor Grass
Best places: Durlston Country Park, Bindon Hill
When to see
In theory, July to Mid September, with a peak in August - this used to be the norm. However, weather changes over the last few years have stretched the flight period in some years from the last week in April to early September and moved the peak period to June/July. (Note: the automated graph below only represents sightings sent to the website, while these comments are based on broader data).
Sightings by month (last 5 years)*:
Sightings this year*:
Size is a key point in identification – Lulworth Skippers are smaller than Large Skippers and slightly smaller than Small Skippers, not that this helps much if you are not seeing them together!
Lulworth Skippers which are fresh have a light dusting of golden marks in the centre of the forewing, which in the female is a distinctive circle.
Lulworths do not have the much paler yellow dots around the edges of the forewings which are key ID features for Large Skipper.
Old Lulworth Skippers go a rather greenish olive-brown, which distinguishes them from the other Skippers. Lulworths also hold their wings characteristically with the hindwings at a lower angle.
*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.