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Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761)

Status

Description

A small yellowish-brown,  butterfly, with a short antenna. The underside is plain without any markings. It can easily be confused with T. acteon. The males have a black androconial streak on the upperside forewing, which is long and curved but long and slender in T. acteon. The females are similar but without the black androconial streak.

Habitat Requirements

Forests, grasslands, agriculture and urban habitats which are rich in flowers.

Larval Foodplants

False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Yorkshire-fog Holcus lanatus.

Observations

A fast flying butterfly, which is sometimes territorial. It often takes nectar from Thistles, Vetches and Scabious - all of which are purple flowers.

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

First and Last Sightings

Year First Last/latest # Days
2022 07/05/2022 28/06/2022 52 days
2021 14/05/2021 10/10/2021 149 days

Number of Observations

Year Number of observations
2022 82
2021 202
Grand Total 284

Distribution Map

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

Flight Times for the Small Skipper (2022)

The chart below shows flight data by month for 2022 submitted online since 1st January 2022 to 27th September 2022.

Flight Times for the Small Skipper (All Data)

The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 27th September 2022.

Taxonomy

  • Vernacular/Common Name: Small Skipper
  • Family: Hesperiidae (Latreille, 1809)
  • Sub-family: Hesperiinae (Latreille, 1809 )
  • Tribe: Thymelicini (Tutt 1905)
  • Genus: Thymelicus (Hübner, 1819)
  • Species: sylvestris (Poda, 1761)

References

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