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Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Pyrgus malvae

Size:  Wingspan approx 28mm

Distribution:  Found in parts of England and Wales

Months seen:  May to June.  Occasional second broods emerge in August

Habitat:  Sunny woodland rides, wasteground and downland

Food:  Nectar. The caterpillars feed on cinquefoil, agrimony, wild strawberry and blackberry.

Special features:  Grizzled Skippers can be distinguished from other similar butterflies by the chequered black-and-white pattern and the row of white square patches around the outer edge of the hind wing.

The caterpillars are purple-brown colour on the top, and green below.

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