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Small Skipper or Large Skipper ?

Observed: 26th June 2010 By: chrisbrooks
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Skipper Butterfly
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jccurd's picture

Great picture, ...

... Chris, whichever of the confusing beasts it is. Bravo!

John

chrisbrooks's picture

?

Hi John

Thanks for the comment. As to what it is, I know it's not a Large Skipper. Without a shot from the front (which I do not have) I think we will never know.

I have a few more Skipper images and I'm now scratching my head as to whether they are Small or Essex Skippers. I'll leave those for another day.

Regards Chris

DavidHowdon's picture

Males

If you have shots of males with distinct sex bands it might be possible to tell even without antennae pictures.

chrisbrooks's picture

Males

Thanks David

I have about 4 good images in my archives. A couple are side on and I think there is one Essex and one Small Skipper, determined from the underside colour of the end of the antennae.

I may post them in the coming days as it's interesting to see the identification debate.

Regards Chris

martinjohnbishop's picture

Thymelicus sylvestris / lineola

Hard to find good examples of antennae underside in the existing collection.
Have a look at these:
T. lineola http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/182938
T. sylvestris http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/194136