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European Skipper, Essex Skipper - Thymelicus lineola

A small, orange butterfly, showing black antennae tips. It is a common butterfly in Southern Quebec although not endemic, introduced to Canada in the early 20th century.

Common Names

  • European Skipper, Essex Skipper (en)
  • Dorada Línea Corta (es)
  • Hespérie du dactyle (fr)
  • Schwarzkolbiger Braun-Dickkopffalter (de)


  • Lepidoptera
  • Hesperiidae
  • Thymelicus lineola

Where & When to Spot

I observed this species in almost every park around Montreal where there is a considerable area of unkempt grassy landscape with flowers.

How to Identify

There are no similar butterflies in the area. Characteristic for this species though is the orange color and the black antennae tips.


European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

Champ des Possibles, Montreal - 2015-07-18

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f16.0; Iso 800;

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