In Britain we only have eight species of Skipper butterflies, and all are rather moth like in appearance.

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS

 

The Chequered Skipper was once common in the west midland woodlands of the Rockingham Forest area of Northamptonshire and woods in the neighboring counties, but this butterfly died out from England during the 1960's and 1970's. It is however still fairly common in the open woodlands of Western Scotland around the Fort William area, which is where I took this photograph.

 

The Dingy Skipper is a widespread but seldom plentiful butterfly, usually found in mosest numbers where the larval foordplant Birdsfoot Trefoil grows.

 

Regrettably the Grizzled Skipper seems to be declining in Britain. In Bedfordshire we lost our strongest colony a few years ago due to it's habitat becoming flooded for several weeks during the winter. Below is the rare aberration ab. taras form. This one I found in Sussex in the early 1970's.

 

Paired Small Skippers, a widespread and usually common butterfly.

 

The Essex Skipper looks similar to the Small Skipper, but can be distinguished by the black tips to the antenna.

 

Being mostly restricted to Dorset, a journey to that county is needed to see the Lulworth Skipper, which can be common in it's most favoured locations.

 

Above a female Large Skipper, a common butterfly in many areas. Below is a male feeding on Thistle flower.

 

Below a female Silver-spotted Skipper on Scabious flower.

Above a Sliver-spotted Skipper feeding on a Self-heal flower. This butterfly is restricted to well grazed chalk downs. This one was photographed on Aston Rowant NNR, Oxfordshire. Below a paired couple again photographed at Aston Rowant NNR.