Large chequered skipper - Heteropterus morpheus


Family: Hesperiidae

Flight Time: June - July

Size: 32-38mm

Altitude: 0-1000m



This little skipper was photographed in Brittany where I've seen them a number of times, they seem to like most habitat but are most common down grassy forest rides. To make sure this one was nice and sharp I lay down in the bracken, unfortunately the ground was rather full of ticks and I had to remove ten when I got back later, worth the pain though !

No risk of confusion with any other species in Europe. Their peculiar bobbing flight alone is enough to identify them.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Grasses especially Bromus, Molina etc.

Wood clearings / Marshy Heaths.

Large chequered skipper distribution


Early Stages




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