Special features: The small skipper is a uniform orange-brown all over, but the males have a dark stripe running across their forewings. The club shaped ends of the antennae are black on top, and orange-yellow underneath.
Like the large skipper, the small skipper rests with its forewings and hindwings held apart at different angles, looking more like a moth than a butterfly.
The female lays her cream coloured eggs, in a row, inside a curled up grass stem.
When the caterpillar emerges, around August, it eats its eggshell, and then spins a cocoon, while still inside the grass stem.
It remains inside the grass stem for a further eight months. The following spring, it will re-emerge to feed on the fresh grass. By June or July, it will be a fully grown caterpillar, and will pupate at the base of a grass stem. After approximately two weeks the adult butterfly will emerge.
Latin name: Thymelicus sylvestris
Size: Wingspan approximately 30mms.
Distribution: Found throughout England and Wales.
Months seen: June to September.
Habitat: Meadows, roadside verges and gardens.