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Thymelicus lineola, Alpe Veglia

Observed: 24th July 2009 By: martinjohnbishopInvertebrates expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) interacts


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Does the Essex Skipper occur in Località Ponte Campo, Varzo ?? It appears to be quite common

"is present in most parts of Europe, except for Sardinia and the northern parts of Britain and Scandinavia, all over moderate Asia and Japan."


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Alpe Veglia

There is information about this area at
which is on the border of Italy and Switzerland.
It is home to the endemic Erebia christi.
I have found approximately equal numbers of T. lineola and sylvestris but with a small sample size (7).

Are you asking a question; I do not understand what it is?

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Essex Skipper

Does the Essex Skipper occur in Località Ponte Campo, Varzo ??

I think the answer is yes and throughout Europe and quite extensivley. I had not realised that this species was so prolific

Many Thanks


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These pictures were taken there

Ah, yes. I thought this was implied by the fact the pictures were taken there by myself and uploaded with the details to iSpot.

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Strange name..

I think WLR's point was that it's a strange English common name "Essex skipper" for a species that is found across so much of Europe. I wonder how it managed to get that name?

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber

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Analogously Camberwell Beauty, Lulworth Skipper, Bath White

Ah, I see the point now. I wondered too but all appears documented.

The Aurelian by Moses Harris, published in 1766, gives this butterfly the name "The Grand Surprize" or "Camberwell Beauty", based on 2 individuals that were caught in Cold Arbour Lane near Camberwell in 1748

Records of Essex Skipper, captured in 1888, are noted by Mr. Hawes in The Entomologist. The records are subsequently found to originate from St. Osyth in Essex.

1833 Lulworth Skipper is recorded in volume 10 of John Curtis' British Entolomology as having been captured by James Charles Dale in 1832 in the area around Lulworth Cove in Dorset, the first specimen being caught at Durdle Door to the west.

"P. daplidice, L. The original 'Bath White,' so named by Lewin, 'from a piece of needlework executed at Bath, by a young lady, from a specimen of this insect, said to be taken near that place' (Lewin's Insects of Great Britain, vol. i. 1795)"