Carterocephalus palaemon - Chequered Skipper Butterfly

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Formal Name: Carterocephalus palaemon

Informal Name: Chequered Skipper

Conservation Status: The Butterfly conservation status is high priority, one of the reasons being that they became extinct in England in the 70’s. They are protected in Scotland under the Nature Conservation Act.

Location: Europe, North America, Japan

Average Wingspan (cm): 2.9

Seen Between: May - June

Description: Carterocephalus Palaemon also known as the Chequered Skipper. It has an average wingspan of 2.9 cm.

It became extinct in England in the 1970s with some attempts to reintroduce it. It can still be seen in Scotland and is still widely seen across Japan and North America. In North America, it’s known as the Arctic Skipper. Their natural habitat consists of woodland, bogs, grassy areas, rivers and forests. More commonly seen between May and June. As caterpillars, the Chequered Skipper eats the leaves from M. caerulea and Bromus. As butterfly’s they eat Nectar from the plants in their surroundings. In the UK, they are a High Priority status under the Butterfly Conservation. They are protected in Scotland under the Nature Conservation Act.

The wings on the Chequered Skipper are brown on both the upper side and underside, with distinctive orange/ white spots across them.