Lepidoptera The Small Skipper Butterfly – Hesperia Thaumas
In briefly describing the various British butterflies no mention has been made, except in a few cases, of the shape of the wings, this matter having been left to the reader’s own observations of our illustrations. We will, however, call attention to the somewhat square-cut form of the wings of Thaumas and the following species.
The above-named butterfly (
The butterfly is out in July, and is very abundant and widely distributed. It lays its eggs on various grasses, particularly the meadow soft-grass (Holcus lanatus).
The caterpillar hybernates through the winter, and is full fed in the following June, when it changes to a green chrysalis after spinning a light silken cocoon among the blades of grass. The colour of the caterpillar is green, with six longitudinal white stripes-two on the back, and two on each side.