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Dingy Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian spotted this Dingy Skipper on the coastal path near Winspit on 3/07/19 and remarked that it was either a late first brood or a  very early second brood specimen.

Will we ever know ?

Normally the first brood will have finished by the third week of June and if there is a second partial brood, they are not seen until the fourth week of July.

Butterfly with large orange tips to white wings and green mottling underneath

Orange Tip. Photo: Shona Refoy

Brown butterfly with soft paler markings

Dingy Skipper Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona tells us:

I went to Badbury Rings yesterday (29/04/2019), and saw this Orange Tip beside the path on the way to the Rings. The Dingy Skipper was in the valley between the Rings. Both are nectaring on Dandelions, which seem to be a popular source of nectar at the moment!

view of a Dingy Skipper on Shona's trainerss

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

view of a Di9ngy Skipper on leaves  with wings out flat

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona was amused to see a Dingy Skipper alight on her foot at Badbury Rings on 21/04/19.

Shona spotted ten of these butterflies that had recently emerged.

According to http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk

The butterfly is on the wing in May and June and, in favourable years, there may be a partial second brood.

This year they appear to be emerging early, possibly due to the especially hot weather recently.

Last year of current recording cycle

Green butterfly on a bramble leaf
Green Hairstreak on a bramble leaf, showing how small it is. Photo: Shona Refoy

The butterfly season is very much underway now, with 20 species reported to this website, including the Green Hairstreak and Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, but we need lots more records throughout 2019 as Continue reading

view of a Dingy Skipper resting on the underside of a leaf showing upper wings

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold found one of the first Dingy Skippers recorded in Dorset in 2018 at Badbury Rings on 6/05/18.

This is our most widely-distributed skipper, despite its decline due to changes in farming practice. This butterfly’s strongholds are in central and southern England.

Butterfly with markings in various shades of brown

Dingy Skipper second brood. Photo: Larry Lamb

Larry tells us he saw this Dingy Skipper by the footpath down to Chapmans Pool (in Purbeck) on 02/08/2018.

We received reports of six Dingy Skippers in July and three in August, way outside the time of their first brood in May/June.

view of a Dingy Skipper with wings open on a dead flower head

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Mark Hardacre

Mark visited Durlston on 15/08/18 and tells us:

On the cliff side walk, down by the lighthouse, I came across a brand-new, fresh Dingy Skipper, clearly a second brood insect

It is interesting that Mark found this Skipper as we have recently published a News Item about second generation Dingy Skippers.

view of a Dingy Skipper with open wings on a grass

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Elaine Townsend

Elaine saw this Dingy Skipper as well as seven more at Badbury Rings on 6/05/18. She says they were flitting around very quickly and not settling for a photo. Butterfly photography can be a challenge at times for sure!

She also noticed two were dancing happily together, enjoying the sunshine no doubt.

Although their flight period is usually late April to Mid June in the UK, in hot summers  a partial second brood may occur in Southern England.

view of a Dingy skipper with open wings nectaring on a dandelion

Dingy Skipper. Photo. Chris Becker

Chris found this Dingy Skipper at Badbury Rings on 5/05/18 nectaring on a pollen and nectar rich dandelion.

The favoured habitat is dry or damp grassy, flowery places, and the caterpillar foodplant is principally birds foot trefoil.