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Lulworth Skipper

Thymelicus acteon (Rottemburg, 1775)

Status

Description

A small yellowish-brown, butterfly, with a short antenna. It can easily be confused with T. sylvestris. The males have a black androconial streak on the upperside forewing, which is long and slender, but long and curved in T. sylvestris. The females have yellow spots on the underside of the forewing, which aren’t present in other species, and the upperside with browner margins.

Habitat Requirements

Typically encountered in dry grasslands, on the boarders of paths and roads.

Larval Foodplants

Heath False-brome Brachypodium pinnatum, False Brome Brachypodium syvaticum, Wood Small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos, Common Couch Elytrigia repens, Annual Meadow grass Poa annua.

Observations

A fast flying butterfly, that often takes nectar from yellow Composite flowers and Scabious.

*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Lulworth Skipper submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.

First and Last Sightings

Year First Last/latest # Days
2022 07/05/2022 21/06/2022 45 days
2021 29/04/2021 26/06/2021 58 days

Number of Observations

Year Number of observations
2022 121
2021 149
Grand Total 270

Distribution Map

Distribution data for the Lulworth Skipper will be displayed on the map below soon.

Flight Times for the Lulworth Skipper (2022)

The chart below shows flight data by month for 2022 submitted online since 1st January 2022 to 26th September 2022.

Flight Times for the Lulworth Skipper (All Data)

The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 26th September 2022.

Taxonomy

  • Vernacular/Common Name: Lulworth Skipper
  • Family: Hesperiidae (Latreille, 1809)
  • Sub-family: Hesperiinae (Latreille, 1809 )
  • Tribe: Thymelicini (Tutt 1905)
  • Genus: Thymelicus (Hübner, 1819)
  • Species: acteon (Rottemburg, 1775)

References

For a list of references, please see our bibliography page.