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small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
Subject: small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
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Thymelicus.sylvestris.2714 - small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris).jpg
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small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

English: Description: Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
Deutsch: Beschreibung: Braunkolbiger Braundickkopffalter (Thymelicus sylvestris)
Source: picture taken by Olaf Leillinger on 1998-06-29
License: CC-BY-SA-2.0/DE and GNU FDL
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Deutsch: Quellenangabe und Beleg an erbeten.
Location: Dresden, Friedhofsweg (Saxony, Germany)

The small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. This butterfly's range includes much of Europe (east to the Urals, including Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia, and includes north Africa and the Middle East. It is typically occurring where grass has grown tall. This butterfly is very similar in appearance to the Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola). In the small skipper, the undersides of the tips of the antennae are yellow orange, whereas they are black in the Essex skipper. Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Hesperiidae, Genus: Thymelicus, Species: Thymelicus sylvestris (Poda, 1761).

Scientific name: Thymelicus sylvestris

A small butterfly with a darting flight, widespread England and Wales

Bright orange-brown wings held with forewings angled above hind wings. Males have a thin black line through centre of fore-wing. Essex Skipper is similar but has black tips to antenna (best viewed head on) and shorter scent brand which runs parallel to forewing edge rather than angled.

Small Skippers are insects of high summer. Although they spend much of their time basking or resting among vegetation, they are marvellous flyers, manoeuvring expertly through tall grass stems. It is these darting flights, wings glinting golden-brown in the sunlight, that normally alert an observer to their presence. Closer examination will reveal many more individuals nectaring or basking with their wings held in the half-open posture distinctive of skipper butterflies. The butterfly is widespread in southern Britain and its range has expanded northwards in recent years.

Thymelicus lineola
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