Luc spotted both these skippers at Max Gate, Dorchester on 4/07/19. Both these species are very fond of Knapweed, but can also be found on grasses and other flowering plants. Large Skippers appear first from late May, with Small Skippers emerging a little later in early June.
Roger spotted this tiny Small Skipper in Kinson on 27/06/19 and thought at first it may be a moth, which they are often confused with.
The male Small Skipper is territorial, and can be found resting on suitable perches from which it intercepts any passing butterfly. The male is the more active of the two sexes; females being more sedentary.
Brian tells us:
At Durlston on Saturday 7th July we came across this very strange Small Skipper. It looked whiteish in flight – quite different from the other Skippers, and really stood out when it was settled with its brilliant white patches.
Sometimes butterflies do not show the usual markings of the species, and these are known as aberrations. Photos of known aberrations can be found on http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk
We could run a caption competition on this, couldn’t we? What are the two male Small Skippers saying to one another?
Mark got the photos at Motcombe Meadows in north Dorset on 23/06/2017
A male Small Skipper photographed at Sandford Heath on 10/07/2016.
Thanks to Diana for this very summery shot, taken at Cerne Abbas on 29 May.
Elaine Conlon’s photo of a Meadow Brown at Badbury Rings on 30 May is our first record of a Meadow Brown for 2016, beating the first sighting in 2015 by a clear week. We now have 29 species which have taken to the wing in Dorset this year. Continue reading
A female Small Skipper photographed at Broadcroft Quarry back on 29/06/2014.
A terrific pair of shots taken at Badbury Rings on 23/07/2015, the top of a Small Skipper butterfly laying eggs in a grass stem and then one of the resulting eggs, below.
A pair of Small Skipper butterflies with a curious intruder at Motcombe Meadows on the 07/07/2015