Chequered Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

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May 2005, my garden (Switzerland)

May 2005, my garden

May 2005, my garden

Chequered skippers are found locally all over Europe, particularly in calcareous and mountainous regions. There is nothing they can really be confused with, having the fast, darting flight of a typical skipper but quite distinct markings.

They have become extinct in England but still fly in a few areas in Scotland.