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Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola Wingspan 25mm. Like the very similar Small Skipper, this species has buzzing flight and visits knapweed and thistle flowers to feed. For certain identification look at the underside to the antennal tips: these are black, not brown. Adult has orange-brown upperwings and orange-buff underwings. Flies June–July. Larva is nocturnal feeds on various grasses. Locally common in meadows in southeast England but easily overlooked.