Erynnis tages

Dingy Skipper

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

A common and widespread species in much of its range. It is very fast on the wing darting low over the grasses and dry ground. They can be territorial but the territories are small and there are often neighbours - bouts of scrapping are frequent!

Identification & Similar species: Unmistakable. The row of small white spots on the margins of all wings is unique.

Distribution & Flight: Most of Europe, except northern Scandinavia and most Mediterranean islands. A spring species in April/ June. Frequently a second partial brood appears on southern locations in July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Grassy flowery places in many situations.

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Valais, Switzeland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, April 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2009

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Pelopennesos, Greece, July 2007

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Vaud, Switzerland, April 2010

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Var, France, July 2009