The long grasses and wildflowers of the various environments at work are proving to be a welcome habitat for large numbers of small skipper butterflies.
They are pretty little things, a warm golden colour and those peculiar "dart flight" wings where the upper and lower wings are a similar size and shape, unlike most other UK species. This time of year is their peak season, after the first ones were seen two or three weeks ago.
Not seen any large skippers yet, recognisable for being the same size as small skippers (!!!) and having much more pronounced black markings on the wings. Whether this is down to preferring a different habitat or actually being less in number, I have no idea.
Make good photographic subjects if you catch a co-operative one. These three were sat within half a metre of each other on our uncut verge.
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