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It's just that I've never seen a large skipper with spots like this. I'm probably wrong.
Hi Simon, I only dabble in butterflies but the noticeably hooked antennae and the rather straight line of spots up the rear edge of the hind wing made me think of the Large Skipper. I think these spots are bolder and stepped in the SSS but then I might well be wrong.
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Based on the fact that the SSS is rare, on the balance of probabilties I expect you're right! But it's pretty spotty. As I said, I've never seen one that spotty, but that's not enough to be certain by any means.
The only other thing in my favour is that the SSS is a species of chalk downland and not lowland heath. I don't think (and I've only done a quick check) the SSS is recorded at Arne.
Be nice if it were a silver spotted skipper, but I would say this was a female large skipper. It's good to have a challenge Simon - keeps others on their toes!! If your book's picture isn't good see http://butterfly-conservation.org/679-790/silver-spotted-skipper.html for additional photos and description.
Just suggestions. Challenge sounds combative, and that's one thing I'm certainy not. Not in my make up at all.
So it's more sort of, "I wonder if..." with me.
Not that I'm challenging on that, of course ;-)
I find identify things can be a challenge to me. I was meaning challenge in a questioning sense. I welcome anyone to challenge/question/suggest anything I ID, as it makes me double check if I'm right or wrong.
My apologies if I caused offence. Perhaps challenge was a bad choice of word.
Did I give the impression I was offended? I'm not. Just saying I don't see these things as a challenge, more of a combined effort to sort out some of these awkward little creatures.
Please don't worry about it!
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