Large Skipper

Ochlodes venata (57.009)

Male Large Skippers are usually found perching in a prominent position in full sunshine on a large leaf awaiting females to pass by. The male 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.

Habitat Requirements

This butterfly is most commonly found in grassy areas where the larval foodplants grow and remain tall and uncut. A wide variety of habitats are used including disused railway lines, roadside verges, clearings and urban sites such as churchyards, parks and gardens.

Larval Foodplants

The larvae of the Large Skipper feed on Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) and False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum).

Distribution in Warwickshire

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Distribution of the Large Skipper 1995-2004 inclusive


Distribution of the Large Skipper 2005-2009 inclusive


Distribution of the Large Skipper 2010-2014 inclusive


Distribution of the Large Skipper 2015-2019 inclusive


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