Butterflies - Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata)
The Large Skipper can be seen from the end of May until mid August although numbers drop dramatically during the first week in August. Males are usually found perching in a prominent position in full sunshine on a large leaf awaiting females to pass by.
The Male Large Skipper is easily identified due to the dark diagonal line (sex brand) on each of the forewings. Females lack this line but generally show a clear chequered pattern on their wings.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata)
Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea)
False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
This butterfly is most commonly found in grassy areas where the larvae foodplants grow and remain tall and uncut. A wide variety of habitats are using including disused railway lines, road verges, clearings and urban sites such as churchyards, parks and gardens.
Resident in Warwickshire.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Large Skipper is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Large Skipper butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.