Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Cheshire local information

When to see: July-August

Where to see: Rough grassland

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 27-34mm

Caterpillar food plant: Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), Creeping Soft-grass (Holcus mollis), Timothy (Phleum pratense)

Cheshire status: A common and widespread resident, although virtually unknown in the county prior to the mid-1970ís. Single-brooded flying from late June to mid-August. Most numerous in lowland areas of rough grassland, but also recorded in smaller numbers in the Pennine foothills.


Spotlight on Cheshire Butterflies: the Small Skipper

Small Skipper butterfly