TG3204 : Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on Creeping thistle

taken 1 year ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on Creeping thistle
Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on Creeping thistle
It shares the flower with a metallic blue beetle. This butterfly​ is wide-spread in southern Britain where it can be found in rough grassland, on roadside verges, in woodland clearings and along woodland rides. Their main foodplant is Yorkshire-fog but other grasses are also used. Despite its name there are at least 4 skipper species that are smaller than the Small Skipper. The male is distinguished from the female by the sex brand on its forewings, which is a slightly curved line of specialised scent scales. The adults are active in late June, through July, and into August. Similar species are the Essex Skipper, the Large Skipper and the Lulworth Skipper.
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Sunday, 12 July, 2020   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 12 July, 2020
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3228 0418 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.1459N 1:25.6465E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3229 0418
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