Small orange butterfly without the denser dark markings on the forewing of the Large Skipper &, as the name suggests, smaller too. A small number of these spotted working the thistles in rough grassland.
No interactions present.
Love the ID David, is that official? If so, I agree.
Not really. It is one of the two species I've suggested so the scientific name bit is sort of an OK way to write it - more specific than just the genus. I suspect 'Thymelicus sylvestris agg.' would also be possible.
Smessex Skipper is a joke short hand name for the pair that a few lepidopterists use.
The first shot is very good. But what's that light blue stuff with the odd white patch in the background?
A very rare & fleeting meteorological event - by the time I got home I was soaked (again)! As to the skipper ID, I've looked at the other photos but no evidence one way or another. I'm not sure that I've knowingly seen an Essex skiper here but will look closer next time we get another of these rare events.
Lat/Lng: 51.6121, -1.1182
OS grid ref: SU611907