Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon
A relatively common species although confined to isolated colonies in the west of Scotland, particularly around the Oban and Fort William areas. The true English colonies of this stunning little butterfly dissapeared in the mid 1970s.
The Chequered Skipper is a very pretty skipper which emerges in one generation each year towards the end of May and into June depending on the very variable Scottish weather.
This butterfly lays a single, large pale spherical egg on the underside of course grassblades, mainly purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea).
The caterpillar forms a tube of the grass, from where it emerges to feed on either side. The full grown caterpillar overwinters as a larva, and pupates in early May.
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