16th July 2015

Small Skippers are brilliant and often overlooked common butterflies, certainly in England and Wales. We had several  zipping round the garden today. They are really small and such expert flyers that it can be hard to identify them, changing direction speedily, in and out of the flowers and shrubs. But their golden-copper colour, catching the sunlight, gives them away. Like all Skippers they are a distinctive shape and hold their upper wings at an angle to their lower wings (see photo’s). The best way to get a good view is when they bask in sunshine on some vegetation, as these were. Conditions: Sunny morning and c,loud afternoon. Temperature: Max 21- Min 15c.

Small Skipper in typical pose, basking on leaves

Small Skipper in typical pose, basking on leaves

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