Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineolus


Scientific Name: Thymelicus lineolus (Hesperiidae).

English Name: Essex Skipper (Skipper family).

French Name: L'Hespérie du dactyle (='cocksfoot grass skipper').

5 Key Characters: 
  • sex mark on male forewing thin and indistinct.
  • underneath of antennae tips black.
  • small (c30mm from wingtip to wingtip).
  • tawny orange with black edges.
  • gregarious -- where you see one you are likely to see others.

Lookalikes: Other tawny skippers, especially Small Skipper T. sylvestris, which has a stronger sex mark and a narrower black wing edge.

Habitat: Open grassland.

Flight Period: June-July-August.

Status: Very common.

Caterpillar Host Plant: Grasses such as Upright Brome Bromus erectus, Bald Brome B. racemosus, Creeping Soft Grass Holcus mollis, Common Bent Agrostis capillaris.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
Nectaring on Field Scabious Knautia arvensis.


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