Small skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris

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Family: Hesperiidae

Flight Time: May - July

Size: 26-40mm

Altitude: 0-1900m

A similar species to the Essex skipper (see Thymelicus lineola for detailed comparison), best identified by the orange tips to the antennae. I've taken this close-up with a macro flash to show the detail. It makes for a nice photo except for the black background.

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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Thymelicus lineola

Grasses Many

Small skipper distribution

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