Scientific name: Ochlodes venata
Size: Wingspan approx 35mm
Distribution: Found in most parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland
Months seen: May to September
Habitat: Mainly found in rough grassland and woodlands
Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on various grasses including Cock's-foot
Special features: The Large Skipper butterfly is frequently mistaken for a large moth. At rest it holds its forewings and hind wings apart at different angles.
The male Large Skipper has a black line running diagonally through its orange forewings. This is absent in the females. The upper surfaces of the wings have a slightly mottled apprarance. The edges of the wings have a black border. The undersides of the wings are mixture of green and orange patches.
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