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190822 silver-spotted skipper (1)

I know my vision isn’t the best but I really don’t see the silver marks on these skippers’ wings as spots – they look more like squares to me. But maybe Silver-squared skipper doesn’t have the same ring to it!

190822 silver-spotted skipper (2)

I’m a big fan of the various skipper species so was very much hoping to find my first Silver-spotted skippers during my recent short break in East Sussex, and I was definitely not disappointed, seeing them at both Seaford Head Nature Reserve (just one) and Malling Down Nature Reserve (several).

190822 silver-spotted skipper (3)

Like the other skippers I’ve seen, these were very cute and rather cheeky, happy to perch and stare when not slurping away on wildflower nectar. Those at Malling Down seemed to favour pink flowers in particular, but that may just be coincidence.

190822 silver-spotted skipper (4)