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Aug 11, 2013 9:34 PM

butterfly id

Could this be a ESSEX SKIPPER.

 

jonty

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    Aug 11, 2013 10:11 PM (in response to jonty)
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    I think it is. The Essex skipper has a black or dark brown end to the antenna (as does this specimen) while the small skipper, with which it can be confused, has an orange tip. The only other reliable method of distinguishing these is by the sex brand and that is only in the male and requires a view of the upper wing.

     

    Alan

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        Aug 12, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to jonty)
        Re: butterfly id

        Jonty,

         

        I think the field guides place too much emphasis on the colour difference being on the UNDERSIDE of the antenna tip. You don't have to photograph from below to be able to see this. Here's a small skipper I photographed last year and the colour can be clearly seen despite the downward angle of the shot.

        Small skipper (IMG_11893).JPG

        Alan

         

        PS Very odd things happening here. I look at this image on the website and the orange tip is not clear. So I opened this post to make this edit and the photo in the edit window once again has a clear view of the orange tip. I hope you can see it when you look at this post. (To get the original colour, click on the photo even though it will be the same size the original colours will be clearer.)

         

        Alan

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