Essex Skipper

Thymelicus lineola


Wingspan 26 - 30mm. The wings are mostly orange with a dark rear border. Very similar to Small Skipper but the antennae have a 'dipped-in-ink' black tip, most obvious on the underside.


Tall flowery grasslands, where the adults feed on nectar and the caterpillars feed on grasses, mostly cock's-foot.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in the south-east, less common further north and west. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.