I know it's a little early but I saw this character earlier today by the Thames in the Crossness area.
I'm not really a butterfly person (learning) and this picture is not wonderful. But she/he ceratinly doesn't seem to be a Large Skipper. I don't think it's an Essex Skipper (again very early). So, is she/he a Small Skiper please?
If anyone can help I would be very grateful please?
Many thanks in advance ~ Mike .....
It is a shame you photo doesn't allow us to see the underside of the tips of the antennae - because:
"Essex Skipper and Small Skipper can be distinguished by the colour of the underside of the tips of the antennae. In the Essex Skipper, this area is black and in the Small Skipper it is brown. This holds true for both sexes."
However, the relatively long sex brand on the forewing (it is a male) points to it being a small skipper
Yes, it is a bit early, but not excessively so
I am pretty confident that it is a small skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris.
Mike: I have been looking at pictures of Small and Essex Skippers and thinking back to the sighting. The underside of the tips of the antennae were indeed a browny/orangy. So I'm happy to say; yup. This is a Small Skipper.
Thanks ~ Mike ...
Steve: I certainly don't feel qualified to advise someone like you who obviously knows his butterflies &c. but I feel that for my part with the tip being dark I would be inclined to suggest Essex Skipper but being a beginner at this game I would request confirmation. I'm not sure that helps but .... Mike ...
Yes - Essex skipper, even in the Pyrenees.
(Small and Lulworth skippers both have paler antennae tips.)
We all make mistakes, but hopefully we get corrected (by others or by ourselves) and we learn. Then we just have to remember!
Its been a while for a newbie another notch here is a Lulworth
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