Inky skipper

Erynnis marloyi marloyi

A skipper with a wingspan of 26-34 mm, females are often larger, the colour is a dark brown, hence the name, and there are black spots and stripes on the forewings. The inky lives in dry places, ravines, valleys, forest clearings, and on stony slopes. Host plants include thymes (Thymus spp.) and members of the rose family like blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). This species flies from May through July, the flight is fast, skipping, and close to the ground, and the butterfly can often be seen basking on light-coloured stones.

 

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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