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Butterflies - Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

The Dingy Skipper certainly lives up to its name, being dull brown, orange-brown or grey-brown in colour. However, on close inspection, a freshly emerged Dingy Skipper has a wonderfully intricate wing pattern.

Unlike many other butterfly species, the Dingy Skipper can often be seen resting with its wings wrapped around the flower head or stem upon which it rests, behaviour unlike most other butterfly species which rest with their wings closed above their backs.

The Dingy Skipper can be seen from the end of April until the middle of August.

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Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)
Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus)

The Dingy Skipper is found across a variety of habitats in Warwickshire but its key localities are within Brownfield sites such as the quarry complexes in the North Warwickshire area. It can also be found on waste ground and disused railways.

Resident in Warwickshire.

Ryton Meadows BC Reserve
Mancetter Quarry
Pooley Fields (WWT Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Goldicote Cutting (WWT Reserve)

Find out more about the Dingy Skipper online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Dingy Skipper butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Dingy Skipper Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Dingy Skipper - 2011 records / distribution. Dingy Skipper - 2010 records / distribution. Dingy Skipper - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Dingy SkipperDingy Skipper © Keith Warmington

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Dingy Skipper submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

07/05/2018 Southam Bypass North

20/04/2017 Bishops Bowl

07/05/2016 Kingsbury Colliery Spoilheap / Stoc

27/04/2015 Bishop's Hill

30/04/2014 Mancetter Quarry

07/05/2013 Harbury Spolibank South

08/05/2012 Stockton Cutting/Harbury Spoilbank

17/04/2011 Fenny Compton Canal Bank

26/04/2010 Harbury Spoilbank

23/04/2009 Harbury Spoilbank

05/05/2008 Harbury Spoilbank South

29/04/2007 Baddesley Ensor

Other Species

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