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It has a rusty orange colour to the wings, upper body and the tips of the antennae. The body is silvery white below and it has a wingspan of 25 - 30 mm. This butterfly is very similar in appearance to the Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola. In the Small Skipper, the undersides of the tips of the antennae are yellow orange, whereas they are black in the Essex Skipper. The black area on the lower edge of the upper wings also differs. Like the other orange 'grass skippers' the male has a distinctive black stripe made up of scent scales.
This butterfly's range includes much of Europe, except Ireland northern Britain and Scandinavia and includes north Africa and the Middle East. It is typically occurring where grass has grown tall like the location of my photo.
Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/276...