Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages (Linnaeus 1758)
Family: Hesperidae (The Skippers)
Photo top left by Caroline Walker (same photo used as header)
Photo top right by Lauren Teate
The 2 photos above are by Howard and Penny Smith and show a darker male on the right. When fresh they sometimes have a green and red tinted ground colour. As time goes by the colours fade so they look more similar.
The Dingy Skipper is a small, inconspicuous, fast-flying, moth-like butterfly which can easily be missed. The males and females look similar. It is often confused with day-flying moths such as Mother Shipton Callistege mi and Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica which may share the same habitat, so care should be taken to check if the antennae are clubbed (butterfly) or not (moth).
With thanks to The Butterflies of Yorkshire edited by Howard M Frost
Catherine Jones 05/04/21