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British Butterflies: Species: Species Account - The Lulworth Skipper:
Lulworth Skipper
Thymelicus acteon (Rottemburg, 1775)

Lulworth Skipper egg.
  Lulworth Skipper caterpillar.
  Lulworth Skipper chrysalis
Lulworth Skipper
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Insecta: Lepidoptera : Family Hesperiidae: Subfamily Hesperiinae : Genus Thymelicus: Species acteon:
Where to see the Lulworth Skipper in the British Isles
Dorset: Durlston Country Park, Ballard Down, Broadcroft Quarry Reserve on the Isle of Portland and Lulworth Cove.
Other notes
Lifecycle chart
Flight chart
The lifecycle and flight charts should be regarded as approximate guides to the Lulworth Skipper in Britain. Specific lifecycle states, adult emergence and peak flight times vary from year to year due to variations in weather conditions.
IUCN category status 2010 5   IUCN category status 2007 34
--awaiting data-- --awaiting data--

5Fox, R., Warren, M., Brereton, T. M., Roy, D. B. & Robinson, A.
(2010) A new Red List of British Butterflies. Insect Conservation and Diversity.
Near Threatened Near Threatened

3Fox, R., Warren, M & Brereton, T.
(2007) New Red List of British Butterflies. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham.

4More information about IUCN categories.
UK status
Larval foodplants
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Population trends 1
UK Population trend 1995-2004 up by 79%
UK Population trend 1976-2004 down by -13%

1Fox, R., Asher. J., Brereton. T., Roy, D & Warren, M. (2006) The State of Butterflies in Britain & Ireland, Pices, Oxford.
UK BAP status 2
UK BAP status candidate priority species (link)

2For information about the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, visit the JNCC web site

National Biodiversity Network Gateway
National Biodiversity Network Gateway Distribution Map

Areas in and indicate a contraction in distribution of the Lulworth Skipper except in Ireland where data is only available up until 1999.

* Records shown in outside the natural distribution may be the result of illegal or accidental releases by breeders or, depending upon the species, migrant individuals from mainland Europe.

Key to map*
= 2000 to 2010 inclusive (current distribution)
= records from 1950 to 1999 inclusive
= records from 1900 to 1949 inclusive
Records prior to 1st January 1900 are not shown.

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For full details of books and reports mentioned on this web site, view the references page.

Find out more online*
Lulworth Skipper can be found on Peter Eeles excellent UK Butterflies web site.
Lulworth Skipper can be found on Matt Rowlings excellent European Butterflies web site.

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Photographs of the Lulworth Skipper
Image ID BB2233 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper female (imago)
BB2233 ©
Image ID BB2232 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB2232 ©
Image ID BB2231 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB2231 ©
Image ID BB2230 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper female (imago)
BB2230 ©
Image ID BB1652 - Lulworth Skipper - © Debbie Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB1652 ©
Image ID BB1351 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB1351 ©
Image ID BB823 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB823 ©
Image ID BB822 - Lulworth Skipper - © Steven Cheshire
Lulworth Skipper male (imago)
BB822 ©
There are 8 photographs of the Lulworth Skipper in our stock photo library.
Aberrations and forms
There are 3 named aberrant forms of the Lulworth Skipper currently listed. Find out more about aberrants here.

ab. alba - Bolton 1951
ab. clara - Tutt 1906
ab. virescens - Tutt 1906