DINGY: Adjective: Gloomy and drab.
Despite its name, a freshly-emerged Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) reveals a most delicate pattern of browns and greys that is undoubtedly quite beautiful. Despite its decline due to changes in farming practice, this is our most widely-distributed Skipper. Colonies can be found throughout the British Isles, including northern Scotland and Ireland (ssp. baynesi) where, although scarce, is found on outcrops of limestone. It’s strongholds are in central and southern England.