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Two dark brown butterflies with white markings, in mating position

Grizzled Skippers. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona caught these two ensuring the next generation of Grizzled Skippers on Hod HIll on 11/05/2019. she says they flew around each other for several minutes, then appeared to be mating, then separated and then finally mated.

view of a Grizzled Skipper ona leaf showing full upper wing pattern

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

This gorgeous Grizzled Skipper was found by Mark at Badbury rings on 22/04/19.

This is a warmth-loving butterfly, and both sexes bask in the sun for long periods, typically on a stone, leaf or bare earth. This is an active butterfly which will fly at most times the day, and even into the evening, if conditions are warm enough.

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 Grizzled Skipper  nectaring on a small pink flower growing low in grassland, showing all it's upperwings

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

John came across this Grizzled Skipper at Clubman’s Down on 13/05/18 about a week after the first one for 2018 was recorded in Dorset.

Like most skippers, the Grizzled Skipper is extremely difficult to follow when in flight, but will stop to feed from various nectar sources. Once settled, the black and white pattern on the wings, from which this species gets its name, is unmistakable.

Grizzled Skipper, Badbury Rings

view of a |Grizzled Skipper on greenery

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold found this Grizzled skipper at Badbury Rings on 6/05/18, and commented that it was his first of the season along with a Dingy skipper he also found.

The flight period for this butterfly is April – early July in one brood or sometimes April to early June and late July to August in two broods.

Due to the cold spring we have experienced it seems the skippers are late, emerging in early May this year.

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Pair of butterflies, side view, clinging to a seed head on a stalk

Duke of Burgundy mating pair. Photo: James Gould

I went on the Dorset butterfly walk this Sunday 15th May at Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas and these photos were two of the highlights. A mating pair of Duke of Burgundy and a Grizzled and Dingy Skipper posing together.

Two small brown butterflies in among grass

Grizzled (on left) and Dingy Skippers. Photo James Gould

Can you tell your Dingy from your Grizzled?

We’ve had several lovely shots of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers sent in, so we’re putting them all together here to help you with your identification.

Dingy Skipper with open wings on a dandelion type flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray

Grizzled Skipper with open wings on a grassy background

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray.

The two above were taken at Badbury rings on 3 April 2016. Mel reported one Grizzled and half a dozen Dingy were to be seen. They are lovely shots for seeing the details of the marking on either species.

Dingy Skipper with open wings on a leaf.

Dingy Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

Grizzled Skipper with open wings

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

The two above here were taken at Hod Hill (North Dorset) on 4 April 2016. John says he saw more than 25 Dingy Skippers, including some really dark specimens emerging during his visit. These shots give a good idea of the very small size of these Skippers – if you are new to butterfly identification, the tiny size of some British species can be quite surprising.

dingy Skipper with open wings

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Chris Becker

And lastly, another shot taken at Badbury Rings, but on 6 April 2016. Chris says: “What a fab morning at the Rings, glorious sunshine and quite a few butterflies as well”.

It is intriguing to note the variation in the clarity of the marking on the three different Dingy Skipper photos. As the butterflies get older they will all lose the clarity to some extent, which is the Dingy really can look dingy, and when telling them apart can get more challenging.