Introduction to Skipper Butterflies

In the British Isles there are 8 resident Skipper butterflies of the family Hesperiidae. Skippers do not have a strong migratory instinct so numbers of species in the British Isles are likely to remain static. However, the contraction and expansion of ranges of some species is taking place. Until recently the Chequered Skipper was only found in parts of western Scotland but has recently been reintroduced to a site in England.

In Europe there are more than 40 species of Skipper butterfly. Several are difficult to identify in the field and may require microscopic inspection to determine species. Future splitting of some sub species into separate species found in different regions is anticipated.

Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

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Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon)

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Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma)

Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata)

Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)

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