Thymelicus sylvestris

Small Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2011

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

Field notes and information

Very similar to the Essex skipper, T. lineola, and equally widespread and common.

Identification & Similar species: Very similar to the Essex skipper lineola and the two species are often found together. The underside of the antennal club is golden brown in the current species vs black.

Distribution & Flight: Widespread and common from north Africa to southern UK and southern Scandinavia. Single brooded from May to July or even August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy places with flowers in diverse situations, such as forests, grasslands, agriculture, urban etc.

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Isère, France, July 2006

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Anti-Atlas, Morocco, April 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Catalonia, Spain, May 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2009

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Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

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Isère, France, July 2006

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Alpes Maritimes, France, August 2004

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2010

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Hampshire, UK, August 2001