Small Skipper

I always enjoy a trip to Tyland Barn and usually come away with at least a couple of shots I like. This time was a short visit, but pleasant nonetheless. I was fortunate enough to have a very willing Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) land close to me and flit about for a few seconds.

This butterfly is often found basking on vegetation, or making short buzzing flights among tall grass stems. Despite its name, four skipper species found in the British Isles are the same size or smaller than the Small Skipper. The male is distinguished from the female by the sex brand on its forewings, which is a slightly curved line of specialised scent scales.

Beautiful.

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