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Skipper ?

Postby fletcher on Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:06 am

Skipper ?

Hello All,

Could anyone help with this image (below) please?

I have looked and looked at this image and I am not convinced I am any nearer to an ID!

I think it is more like the Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris, but it seems a little on the large side. However there seems to be no chequering on the wings that I can see so from what I have read this rules out the large skipper Ochlodes sylvanus?!

Any pointers would be really helpful.

Thanks,

Eric

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Re: Skipper ?

Postby davidtomlinson on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:49 am

It is definitely either a Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) or an Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) and it is a female. You need to get a closeup of the undersides of the antennae to discriminate between the two - Small Skipper has brown/fawn under-tips, Essex Skippers are all black. Assuming it was photographed locally, then Small Skipper is the more likely, though Essex Skipper is moving north.

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Re: Skipper ?

Postby fletcher on Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:56 am

Thanks David. So can I ask, is it definitely the 'chequering' that I need to look for to distinguish between the Large and Small Skippers?

The photograph was taken on a small nature reserve outside Wrexham so I would guess Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), as you say, is more likely.

Thanks again for the ID assistance, it is very much appreciated.

Eric

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Re: Skipper ?

Postby davidtomlinson on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Eric,

I suppose so, yes. Just look at the pics in a respectable text or google the relevant images. Female Small Skippers are devoid of wing markings. The males have the scent (supposed) scar on the upper wing. Certainly both sexes of Large Skippers have patterning on the forewing.

David

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