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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.

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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.

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

Flight Chart
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.

Large Skipper Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

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

Large SkipperLarge Skipper © Steven Cheshire - Female

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

18/05/2018 Ettington Cutting

24/05/2017 Nolans Wood

23/05/2016 Bubbenhall Woods Meadow

03/06/2015 Polesworth Abbey Meadow

29/05/2014 Ryton Wood Meadow

01/07/2013 Stretton under Fosse

16/05/2012 Ryton Pools Country Park

16/05/2011 Baddesley Spoilheap

21/05/2010 Southam Quarry

24/05/2009 Ryton Wood Meadows

29/05/2008 Southam Quarry

02/06/2007 Baddesley Ensor

Other Species

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