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Small Skipper

Observed: 19th June 2011 By: voivodatavoivodata’s reputation in Invertebratesvoivodata’s reputation in Invertebratesvoivodata’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I am confident this is a Small Skipper, but the photo illustrates how tricky it can be to see if the underside of the antennae clubs are actually black or orange. In this photo it looks like one antenna has a black underside and the other an orange one.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

interesting

Didn't see this one earlier in the year, but it's an intriguing photo. Given that one antenna looks black and the other has a bit of black on it, I'd be interested to know why are you confident it is Small Skipper? I'm not at all sure, but I think I'd go for Essex if I had to choose on the basis of this photo.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

voivodata's picture

Trick of Light & Shadow

Hi Martin!
I posted this picture to highlight how light and shadow can cause confusion. I have other photos of the same specimen from different angles which clearly show the underside of both antennae are orange-brown. The 'dipped in ink' black appearance only showed in this one picture, and I presume it was due to shadow. If you just saw this one photo of this single antenna it does indeed suggest classic Essex Skipper, but the other photos are classic Small Skipper.

Martin Harvey's picture

Thanks

Thanks, that explains it, an interesting demonstration!

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Entomologist and biological recorder