Butterfly of Prey, Mantling

Butterfly of Prey, Mantling

Observation - Butterfly of Prey, Mantling - UK and Ireland. Description: A little butterfly doing its finest Sparrowhawk impression on some Milkwort. Close-up, a subtle pat

A little butterfly doing its finest Sparrowhawk impression on some Milkwort. Close-up, a subtle pattern. Funny that Butterfly fanciers have always been down-to-earth with common names (Dingy Skipper, Meadow Brown, Large White), whereas Moth people have indulged in great flights of fancy. Were 'common' names for moths devised by a Victorian committee? It seems odd that so many hundreds of them supposedly had a standard name in common use by 'the people'. (Anyone trapped a Dull Beige recently? Mischief . . )
On close aquaintance the Dingy Skipper is attractive enough, especially to other Dingy Skippers which is rather important. It might just have a secret talent for messing about in boats.