Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris


Wingspan 27 - 34. The wings are orange with a subtle brown border. Very similar to Essex Skipper but the tips of the antennae graduate to brown.


Grasslands, along roadsides, in waste-ground, hedgerows and banks. The caterpillars feed mainly on Yorkshire-fog.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England and Wales. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.