Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus malvae (57.002)

This charming small spring butterfly can be difficult to spot due to its ability to vanish during flight. It is an accomplished 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.

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 duller bronze brown colour.

Habitat Requirements

The Grizzled Skipper 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, with an abundance of the larval foodplant and lots of spring flowers.

Larval Foodplants

The larvae of the Grizzled Skipper feed on the leaves of Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans) and Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca).

The Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)

Dr Dan Danahar takes a look at the ecology and conservation of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly.

Distribution in Warwickshire

See maps below. Distribution text required.

Distribution of the Grizzled Skipper 1995-2004 inclusive


Distribution of the Grizzled Skipper 2005-2009 inclusive


Distribution of the Grizzled Skipper 2010-2014 inclusive


Distribution of the Grizzled Skipper 2015-2019 inclusive


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