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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

In 1987 the European Skipper was introduced to Alberta in the Edmonton area and has since spread in all directions, and as of 2006 may be found in Calgary as well. It flies from early June through mid-July. It isnít very fussy about habitat and can be found in city gardens and parks as well as agricultural areas, woodlands, roadsides and other places.

This bright orange butterfly has well-defined dark wing margins. The forewing underside is pale orange and the hindwing underside is grayish brown.

The green caterpillars have a black stripe down the back and white side stripes. The head has three vertical reddish bars separated by white. These hungry caterpillars eat grass and adore Timothy more than anything else.

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Where to find European Skippers in Alberta   

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European Skipper Behaviour   

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Recent European Skipper Reports in Alberta


No. Location Reporter Date
100 Strathcona County Mark 2011/07/31
100 Strathcona County Mark 2011/07/30
10 Town of Devon Mark 2011/07/24
5 Elk Island NP Mark 2011/07/23
5 Elk Island NP Mark 2011/07/23

European Skipper Hotspots in Alberta

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