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Silver-spotted Skipper - Hesperia comma

Bradley & Fletcher No.: 1529
Agassiz No.: 57.008

This rare skipper is restricted to chalk downs in southern England where it can be seen darting low over short turf, stopping frequently to bask on bare ground or feed on flowers such as Dwarf Thistle. It can be distinguished by the numerous silver-white spots on the undersides of the hind wings, which can be seen quite easily when it rests with wings in a characteristic 'half-open' posture. The Silver-spotted Skipper has declined rapidly over the last 50 years but has re-expanded partially since 1980.

Post-2000 records
Pre-2000 records

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More detailed information on this species can be found on the UK Butterflies website.