18th July 2014

Rather a busy day, gadding about, so I’m rather late posting this! Yesterday we had a beautiful male Small Skipper butterfly in the garden, and in Sussex recently we saw some gorgeous Large Skippers so here they both are. Skippers hold their forewings angled above their hind-wings when at rest, and they do a lot of basking so you are most liking to spot them that way. In fact the male basks a great deal, waiting for a female to fly past! Both varieties like tall grasses, which are the food-stuff of Skipper caterpillars- the wonderfully named Yorkshire Fog being a favourite grass of the Small Skipper caterpillar, (a species whose range has extended northwards in recent years), and Cocks-foot a favourite of the Large Skipper. Adults feed on nectar from Brambles, Trefoils, and the Small Skippers in our garden seem to love the Marjoram. This is a good time of year to look out for these toffee coloured, attractive butterflies. Conditions: Hot weather, cloudy with some sun. Rain expected through the night. Very active thunderstorms were prevalent further south last night and this evening. Temperature: Max 25- Min 17 C

Male Small Skipper butterfly on our marjoram

Male Small Skipper butterfly on our marjoram

Large  Skipper on one of its favourite food plants, Birds Foot Trefoil.

Large Skipper on one of its favourite food plants, Birds Foot Trefoil.

Large Skipper

Large Skipper, showing the way it angles its forewings when at rest.

 

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