Lepidoptera The Dingy Skipper Butterfly – Nisoniades Tages
Colour-a dingy brown, indistinctly barred and spotted with a darker tint, and having a row of small white spots just inside the fringe of the hind margins. Under side-a paler brown, with rows of small white spots.
This butterfly is common in all parts of England, and is found in a few localities in Scotland and Ireland. It frequents dry banks, and is particularly partial to the chalky districts of the south-eastern counties. It is on the wing in May, and a second brood appears in lesser numbers in August.
The caterpillar is pale green, with two yellow stripes on each side, and a row of black spots above each stripe. It feeds on the bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), and may be found in June, and again in September.