Butterflies - Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae)
The Grizzled Skipper is generally dark brown above, fringed with white and a loose checkerboard pattern of white spots which can be variable. As individuals age, the dark brown ground colour turns a more dull bronze colour.
This charming small spring butterfly can be difficult to spot due to its ability to vanish duiring flight. It is an acomplished flyer, changing speed and direction in an instant.
The males tend to be found basking in the sun perched on a dead flowerhead in a sheltered hollow or South facing bank/ditch. They can be easily overlooked when at rest or roosting on flower heads.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
This butterfly can be found in a variety of habitats including disused railway lines, woodland rides and waste ground.
In order to breed, the Grizzled Skipper requires patches of bare ground, an abundance of larval foodplant and spring flowers
Resident in Warwickshire.
Grove Hill (WWT Reserve)
Ryton Wood Meadow (BC Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
Goldicote Cutting (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Grizzled Skipper is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Grizzled Skipper butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.