TM4791 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on thistle flower

taken 7 years ago, near to Burgh st Peter, Norfolk, Great Britain

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on thistle flower
Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on thistle flower
On this warm day in early July the footpath > LinkExternal link is teeming with insects such as beetles, bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies > LinkExternal link and damselflies > LinkExternal link. The Small Skipper butterfly is sharing the thistle flower with many tiny black beetles.

The Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) is wide-spread in southern Britain where it can be found in rough grassland, on roadside verges, in woodland clearings and along woodland rides. Their main foodplant is Yorkshire-fog but other grasses are also used. Despite its name there are at least 4 skipper species that are smaller than the Small Skipper. The male is distinguished from the female by the sex brand on its forewings, which is a slightly curved line of specialised scent scales. The adults are active in late June, through July, and into August. Similar species are the Essex Skipper, the Large Skipper and the Lulworth Skipper. LinkExternal link.
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TM4791, 21 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010
Category
Butterfly   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 472 916 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.0161N 1:38.3194E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 472 916
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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