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Butterfly  Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper - Photo  Copyright 2004 Dean Stables Photo: Dean Stables

UK Safari Tip:
An ideal way to catch and observe butterflies without harming them is with a special butterfly net - click here

Latin name: Erynnis tages

Size: Wingspan approximately 25mms

Distribution: Found in many pats of England and Wales, scarce in Scotland, and possibly extinct in Northern Ireland.

Months seen: May to June

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on bird's-foot trefoil or horseshoe vetch

Habitat: Downland, cliffs and dunes

Special features: Could easily be mistaken for a moth, especially when it rests with its wings in a roof-like position - like a noctuid.

The caterpillars are green with a dark brown head.


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