Chequered Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon

This colourful butterfly gets its name from the yellow spots found on the upper side of its wings which gives the effect of a chequered like appearance.

Once found in England, it was declared extinct in 1976 before being found in damp grassy woodland habitats in Western Scotland near Fort William.

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Where to see

Found in damp woodland spaces, within 30 miles of Fort William.

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The males are the more frequently encountered of the two sexes and can be territorial. They take up position on suitable perches from which they fly out to investigate any passing objects. Females are more inconspicuous and will fly low among the grass when laying eggs.

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Where to see

Found in damp woodland spaces, within 30 miles of Fort William.

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Did you know?

The males are the more frequently encountered of the two sexes and can be territorial. They take up position on suitable perches from which they fly out to investigate any passing objects. Females are more inconspicuous and will fly low among the grass when laying eggs.

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Where to see

Found in damp woodland spaces, within 30 miles of Fort William.

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Did you know?

The males are the more frequently encountered of the two sexes and can be territorial. They take up position on suitable perches from which they fly out to investigate any passing objects. Females are more inconspicuous and will fly low among the grass when laying eggs.