A common skipper found on grasslands, open spaces and especially on the edges of woodland where there is lots of shrubby vegetation June until early September.
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The large skipper is probably the most frequently encountered member of the skipper family. It can be found in grassy habitats which can include roadside verges and open areas and so is vulnerable to over zealous activity by councils! However, it also likes woodland edges, paths and rides where there is tall grass for the female to lay her eggs. The large skipper is also the most frequent visitor of the skipper family to gardens and can benefit from a bit of untidiness where grass is left to grow rather than regularly mown.
The reference books suggest that large skippers emerge in early June, reach their peak in July then taper off in August and the weekly reports chart shows that in Dorset this pattern is probably true. Week 21 is the earliest report so far and that is usually the last week of May or the first week of June. Reports continue through until week 28 at the end of July but, as yet, there are no reports for August. The most reports so far are 9 in week 26 during the middle of July.
There are casual reports and survey records from over 60 sites in Dorset and these are widely scattered across the county but the distribution map does really reveal a pattern of habitat preference other than perhaps a tendency for the large skipper to be seen mainly, but not exclusively, on chalk and limestone grassland. You are possibly going to encounter large skipper almost anywhere in Dorset in July.
|Common Name||Large Skipper|
|Scientific Name||Ochlodes venata|
|Species Group||Hesperid Butterflies Skippers|
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