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Reddish Vale Country Park

Skipper Butterfly

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Skippers are named after their swift, bouncing flight, which is very different from other butterflies. The skippers are small insects with stout moth like bodies. Their antennae are widely separated at the base. Skippers bask in the sun with their forewings partly raised and the males have conspicuous patches of scent-emitting scales.

 

This very common butterfly and is golden orange above and golden on the underside with a dusting of greyish-green scales, the underside of the antennal club is orange. It flies in grassy places June to August.

 

There are more than 3500 recognized species of skippers and they occur worldwide

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Reddish Vale Country Park

Skipper Butterfly