A small yellowish-brown, butterfly, with a short antenna. Males have a broad black androconial streak on the upperside forewing. There is a distinct brown border. The hindwing underside has a greenish tinge, with pale spots. The prominent markings and larger size enables separation from other similar species in the genus Thymelicus.
Grassy locations, usually amongst scub and often with damp areas.
Soft Rush Juncus effusus, Common Bent Agrostis capillaris, Heath False-brome Brachypodium pinnatum, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Wood Small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos, Cock's-foot Dactylis glomerata subsp. hispanica, Common Couch Elytrigia repens, Festuca arundinacea, Festuca arundinacea subsp. atlantigena, Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus, Annual Meadow Grass Poa annua, Bulbous Meadow Grass Poa bulbosa, Poa cephalonica, Poa compressa, Poa glauca, Poa infirma, Poa jubata, Poa maroccana, Poa perligularis, Poa timoleontis, Rough Meadow-grass Poa trivialis.
This butterfly is a powerful flyer and males demonstrate territorial behaviour. It seems to be more frequently encountered resting on foliage, rather than on flowers, although it will nectar on flowers such as Scabious.
*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Large Skipper submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.
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The chart below shows flight data by month for 2023 submitted online since 1st January 2023 to 8th June 2023.
The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 8th June 2023.
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