Small Skipper

The Small Skipper is another common summer butterfly that is found in many parts of Britain up to south Cumbria and Northumberland.  It is also extending its range Northwards. Like all of the British Skipper species it is a small butterfly with a wingspan of about 30mm.  It can be found in areas of rough grassland along with hedges, roadside verges, and woodlands.

When identifying the Small Skipper, the orange tips to the antenna should be noted as an identification feature, so that it is not therefore to be confused with the Essex Skipper which has black tips to the antenna.  The Essex Skipper is a much more uncommon butterfly.  Many sites are home to both species, indeed I am fortunate to have both species within a few minutes walk of my home.