Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola
The Essex Skipper is widespread in SE England, but is extending its range northwards. It is found in tall, dry grassland, roadside verges and woodland rides.
It is virtually identical to the Small Skipper, but the underside of the tips of the antennae are black in comparison with the orange tips of the Small Skipper. The dark borders on the female sometimes radiate along the veins, and the male has short, straight and finer sex brands.
It appears later than the Small Skipper at the end of June and flies until the end of August.
Eggs are laid in the sheaths of Cock's-foot, Tor-grass or Creeping Soft-grass.
Becoming more widely distribution throughout the region.