Chequered Skipper
  Carterocephalus palaemon
 

 


Chequered Skipper upperside. Photograph by Tony Mainwood

Chequered Skipper underside. Photograph by Tony Mainwood.


DESCRIPTION

Upperside of wings brown with yellow markings. Rapid, darting flight.

Wingspan 29 - 31mm.

LIFE CYCLE

Ova laid singly on underside of blade of purple moor-grass; also found on false brome. They hatch out after about 10 days.

Larvae, fully grown by October, hibernate. Larval stage lasts 10 months, pupation occuring early April.

Pupae, resembling withered grass, remain in this stage for about 6 weeks.

FLIGHT TIMES

Generally from mid May to late June.

REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION

Found in several suitable sites in Fort William area, including Allt Mhuic Reserve at Loch Arkaig.

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