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Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris
Female, 16 July 1995 Male, 16 July 1977


Small Skipper is a grassland species found on unimproved grasslands, road verges, and woodland rides. The main larval foodplant is Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus), but some other grass species may also be used.

From about mid July onwards, the species may be seen in places where the very similar Essex Skipper is also found.

22 July 1979

Conservation Issues

Small Skipper seems to have declined slightly, but remains a common species in our area.

Flight Period

Early July to mid August.


Throughout the area, but commonest in the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean.