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Large Skipper

Ochlodes venata
Male, 7 June 1980 Female, 28 June 1983


Large Skipper is found on umimproved grassland, road verges, hedgerows, woodland rides and clearings. The main larval foodplant is Cocksfoot grass (Dactylis glomerata), and False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) may also be used.

25 June 1977

Conservation Issues

The species is common in our area, and under no apparent threat at present.

Flight Period

Early June to late July. Occasionally there are some very fresh specimens seen towards the end of the normal flight period.


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