Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

Adult Dingy Skipper (subspecies E. t. tages) at Brigstock, Northants - May 2012

OTHER NAMES: Dingy Grass-Skipper
Featured Subspecies: Erynnis tages tages
Length: ?
Wingspan: 29mm
UK Status: Vulnerable IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The skippers are a family of Butterflies which to the untrained may resemble moths, and the Dingy Skipper more than most due to its very drab appearances.  It is in decline in the UK and its distribution is wide but in patches rather than continuous.  They feed largely on Bird's-foot trefoil.

Related Species:
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae 
Genus: Erynnis
SUBSPECIES: E. t. tages, E. t. baynesi

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A scarce resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen at sites including Brigstock

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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