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Dingy Skipper 

Dingy Skipper 

Dingy Skipper

  • National Status: The most widely distributed of the skippers, found locally throughout the UK, range contracting. Population trend 10 years +69%; since 1976 -19%.
  • West Midlands Status: Scattered populations in the four counties, range contracting. Population trend: 10 years – decreasing after good years in 2011 and 2012.
  • Hotspots: Wyre Forest and Penny Hill Bank in Worcestershire, Oswestry Hills in Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent area and Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and brownfield sites in the Black Country. Sites: Llanymynech Rocks; Lea Quarry; Baggeridge Country Park. 
  • Habitat: Close-grazed grassy areas, brownfield sites, quarries and well-managed woodland rides.
  • Flight Period: Late April to late June.
  • Wingspan 27–34 mm.

Caterpillar Foodplant:The main foodplant is Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Greater Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus) and Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa) are also used.

Dingy Skipper Life Cycle

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The Charts show the distribution over the last 5 years from 2013 to 2017

The Population Trend from Transect Records from 2013 to 2017 The population trend from transect shows a slight downward trend however the results from time counts shows a stable population. 

Phenology from Transect Records

Gallery by Dave Williams