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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus1758 )
Papilionidae - Papilioninae Papilionidae - Papilioninae Hesperiidae - Pyrginae Hesperiidae - Pyrginae Silver-spotted Skipper
Swallowtail Swallowtail Dingy Skipper Dingy Skipper Hesperiidae -  - Hesperiinae
Papilio machaon britannicus Papilio machaon britannicus Errynis tages Errynis tages Hesperia comma
56.003  BF 56.003  BF 57.001  BF 57.001  BF 57.008  BF

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 76mm to 93mm.

Flight Period: May and June, some times a second brood in August.

Habitat: Norfolk Broads and marshes.

Comment: scarce, and only found in the Norfolk Broads. They were found in many marshes and fens on the eastern side of England, land drainage caused the extinction of many colonies.

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 27mm to 34mm.

Flight Period: May and June.

Habitat: The food plant is Birds-foot Trefoil. So it is found in open sunny habitats.

Comment:  The only Skipper to be found in Ireland. Its distribution in the UK is mainly in England, with a few colonies in Wales and Scotland.

(Hubner 1819 ) (Hubner 1819 ) (Ochsenheimer 1808) (Ochsenheimer 1808) (Linnaeus1758 )
Grizzled Skipper Grizzled Skipper Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Silver-spotted Skipper
Hesperiidae - Pyrginae Hesperiidae - Pyrginae Essex Skipper Essex Skipper Hesperiidae -  - Hesperiinae
Pyrgus malvae Pyrgus malvae Thymelicus lineola Thymelicus lineola Hesperia comma
57.002  BF 57.002  BF 57.005  BF 57.005  BF 57.008  BF

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 23mm to 29mm.

Flight Period: May and June.

Habitat: Habitats include disused railway lines, chalk down land, wood land rides and waste ground.

Comment: Restricted to the southern half of Britain. It is not found in Scotland or Ireland, and in Wales it is only found close to the border with England.

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 26mm to 30mm.

Flight Period: June until August.

Habitat: The Essex Skipper flies a bit later than Small Skippers. They overlap, and inhabit the same grassy places so id is difficult.

Comment: The last two decades, into Yorkshire, north Midlands,  and west into Somerset.

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 29mm to 34mm.

Flight Period: August and September.

Habitat:  Grassy chalk down lands and cliff tops, usually on south facing slopes.

Comment: Restricted to a few localities in southern England. Readily identified by the silvery white spots on the under wings.

(Poda 1761) (Poda 1761) (Poda 1761)    
Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae    
Small Skipper Small Skipper Small Skipper    
Thymelicus sylvestris Thymelicus sylvestris Thymelicus sylvestris    
57.006  BF 57.006  BF 57.006  BF    

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 27mm to 34mm.

Flight Period: June until August.

Habitat: Open sunny places like disused railways, waste ground, riversides, fields, wood land clearings and edges etc.

Comment: Common resident to England and Wales, absent from Ireland and only found in the south east of Scotland. It is extending its range north wards.

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(Esper 1777) (Esper 1777) (Esper 1777)    
Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae Hesperiidae - Hesperiinae    
Large Skipper Large Skipper Large Skipper    
Ochlodes veneta Ochlodes veneta Ochlodes veneta    
57.009  BF 57.009  BF 57.009  BF    

UK Status: Resident.

Wing Span: 29mm to 34mm.

Flight Period: June and July.

Habitat: Similar to the Small Skipper, but will choose less open places near tall undergrowth.

Comment: Common in England and Wales, absent from Ireland, found in southern Scotland. Recently it has been spreading north wards.

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(Harris 1780) (Harris 1780)      
Syrphidae - Syrphinae Syrphidae - Syrphinae      
Cheilosia illustrata Cheilosia illustrata      

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