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Butterflies - Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)

The Grizzled Skipper is generally dark brown above, fringed with white and a loose checkerboard pattern of white spots which can be variable. As individuals age, the dark brown ground colour turns a more dull bronze colour.

This charming small spring butterfly can be difficult to spot due to its ability to vanish duiring flight. It is an acomplished flyer, changing speed and direction in an instant.

The males tend to be found basking in the sun perched on a dead flowerhead in a sheltered hollow or South facing bank/ditch. They can be easily overlooked when at rest or roosting on flower heads.

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Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

This butterfly can be found in a variety of habitats including disused railway lines, woodland rides and waste ground.

In order to breed, the Grizzled Skipper requires patches of bare ground, an abundance of larval foodplant and spring flowers

Resident in Warwickshire.

Grove Hill (WWT Reserve)
Ryton Wood Meadow (BC Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
Goldicote Cutting (WWT Reserve)

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

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

Grizzled Skipper Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

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

Grizzled SkipperGrizzled Skipper © Debbie Cheshire - Ryton Wood Meadow Reserve, Warwickshire

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

04/05/2018 Honeybourne

22/04/2017 Bishop's Hill

04/05/2016 Harbury Spoilbank South

20/04/2015 Stockton Cutting

16/04/2014 Cuttle Pool NR

02/05/2013 Harbury Spoilbank South

17/04/2012 Fenny Compton Tunnel

11/04/2011 Harbury Spoilbank South SSSI

21/04/2010 Harbury Spoilbank

13/04/2009 Stockton

05/05/2008 Harbury Spoilbank North

15/04/2007 Fenny Compton Canal Towpath

Other Species

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