hbrook1's picture

Small, large or Essex skipper 1?

Observed: 12th July 2013 By: hbrook1hbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrateshbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrateshbrook1’s reputation in Invertebrates
Essex Skipper 1

Male or female?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) interacts


chrisbrooks's picture

ID comment

It's a male and definitely not a Large Skipper.

Amadan's picture

The iSpot trend

Seems to be to add an "either/or" identification, which is in the iSpot database. The unidentifiable (from the photos posted) specimens have acquired the nickname of "SmEssex Skippers".

Martin Harvey's picture

identifying males

The difference in the males' sex brand marking is shown on UKbutterflies:
http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=sylvestris#Similar Species

I must admit I find it quite a difficult character to use reliably in the field, but in this case the photo does seem to show it clearly.

Entomologist and biological recorder