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Latticed heath moth - not a grizzled skipper butterfly!

Observed: 1st June 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
1.6.11 Kineton 048 poss grizzled skipper
Description:

Wing edges looked right for Grizzled Skipper but it seemed to have too much white in relation to the brown. (A definite grizzled skipper was also seen.) Photo is rather fuzzy, sorry.
(Edit) Many thanks to cricketmoth - yes, that looks a much better match. I did wonder whether it might be a moth, but didn't know where to start.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Latticed Heath (Chiasmia clathrata) interacts

Comments

pen-y-bont_mike's picture

"...whether it might be a moth, but didn't know where to start."

I think it's always true but if not it's a good rule of thumb that the tips of butterfly antennae are "clubbed" and moths are not.

DavidHowdon's picture

Rules

That is a reasonable rule although some moths (such as the burnets) have thickened hooks at the end of the antennae that can look pretty club like.

Chalkie's picture

and from this photo...

From this photo I couldn't tell what the antennae were like anyway (and I didn't see any more clearly in real life as I was trying to photograph it before it flew off!) - what I really meant was simply that there are so many small brown moths (and my book said that grizzled skipper butterfly markings could be quite variable). So I was a bit lazy and asked someone who knew instead!