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Two brown butterflies with gold coloured markings on a green leaf

Lulworth Skippers. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona was very fortunate to get this photo as you can see from her comments:

During a visit to Tout Quarry on Monday, 20/07/20, I spotted this pair of mating Lulworth Skippers on a Buddleia leaf, thanks to a Grayling nectaring nearby. The leaf was being blown around by the wind, but it didn’t seem to bother them!

Orange and brown butterfly nectaring on a purple Teasel

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Georgie Laing

Georgie sent us this photo with details of her remarkable Lulworth Skipper encounter:

There were six Lulworth Skippers nectaring on this teasel head.  This one stayed whilst I took its photo and then I was surprised to see the red spot on its eye. Seen at East Man on on the coast path below Worth Matravers yesterday, 21/07/2020

Golden brown butterfly nectaring on a purple flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Rob Morrison

View of a golden brown butterfly nectaring on a purple flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Rob Morrison

Two photos from Rob taken on 08/06/2020 which he sent in with the following comments:

After slow results in finding good numbers of Lulworth Skippers to the east of Lulworth yesterday, counts today were in the tens of individuals to the east of White Nothe on the SE facing sections of coast path below Chaldon Herring in variable sunlight.  Also found were both Large and a few Small Skippers as well as a Dingy Skipper.  Numerous Burnet moths were also seen. 

Editors Note:  The Lulworth Skipper in the top photo has a red mite (trombidium breei) on it just behind the right eye – some species are more prone to these than others but they do not seem to harm the butterflies.

Golden brown butterfly resting on a green leaf

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a golden brown butterfly resting on green vegetation

Large Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this Tale of Two Skippers with these photos:

We did our Durlston East transect count today, 14/06/2020 and were seeing Large, Small and Lulworth Skippers. After counting all 3 close to Tilly Whim on the coast path, we continued to the meadows and I saw a Skipper that I was convinced was a Lulworth – not somewhere we usually find them. On a closer look and taking a photo, it was the smallest dark coloured Large Skipper I think I have ever seen. I have attached photos of a Lulworth Skipper we saw today near Tilly Whim, and the Large Skipper in the meadows – both are female. Unfortunately from the photo you cannot see just how small the Large Skipper is. 

Golden brown butterfly resting on grass

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Brown butterfly with golden markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two more photos from Shona sent to us with the following commentary:

I went to Ballard Down on 28/05/2020 hoping to get some photos of a female Lulworth Skipper showing the golden crescents on her upperwings. The Skippers were all very active that day, hardly settling at all, apart from the female in the second photo who was nectaring. She was quite a dark butterfly, so her crescents weren’t exactly golden.

I returned on 09/06/2020 and it clouded over while I was at Ulwell, so the second female sat still for quite a while, enabling me to take the photos I had been hoping for – one happy butterflyer!

Orange and brown butterfly resting on a plant stem

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Golden orange and brown butterfly nectaring on a pale blue flower

Small Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two very useful photos for comparison sent to us by Brian with the following comments:

We did our Durlston East transect today, 07/06/2020 and saw 11 Lulworth Skippers and just 1 Small Skipper. Photo attached of a Lulworth Skipper at Durlston, and then a Small Skipper on Tree Germander in our garden at Harman’s Cross when we got back home today. The photos clearly show the difference in colour between the 2 Skippers.

View of a golden brown butterfly nectaring on a yellow flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

View of a golden brown butterfly resting on a green plant

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

John sent us these photos of Lulworth Skippers basking in the early morning sunlight at Corfe Castle on 25/05/2020.  This is the smallest and darkest of the golden Skippers and as its name suggests, is a speciality of south-east Dorset.

View of a resting golden brown butterfly

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold sent us this photo he took yesterday, 18/05/2020 with the following comments:

Out of lockdown I took my first trip of the season to Bindon Hill, West Lulworth, where I usually help the Rangers with the Butterfly Walks. I saw 11 species including Adonis Blue and the attached Lulworth Skipper.

Editor’s Note:  The date of the first sighting of a Lulworth Skipper notified to us this year was 07/05/2020 but this is the first photo of one sent to us this year.