Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)

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2016 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.

29087_male_Var_4May12 33379_male_Hautes-Alpes_4Jul13 26315_female_Alpes-Maritimes_04Jul11
32463_female_Alpes-Maritimes_1Jun13 35231_female_Alpes-Maritimes_3Jun14 18983_male_Lot-et-Garonne_23Aug09
 
21383_male_Alpes-Maritimes_3Jul10 39220_male_Lot-et-Garonne_26Jul15  

A butterfly that lives up to its name when old and worn but can be quite nicely marked when fresh. It can easily be mistaken for a moth, and indeed many day-flying moths are more brightly marked and butterfly-like than tages.

The sexes are not easy to tell apart, but size (the female is larger) is a good indicator and the female is more strongly marked especially with a series of upf white marginal dots.

ref sex

observations

alt. m
29087 M a male with very little contrast to the markings, so the Dingy description is for once quite applicable. 185
33379 M a nice dark fresh male. 2100
26315 F a very fresh dark female. 600
32463 F a rather worn female. 1085
35231 F a particularly drab pale grey female. 1080
18983 M

a male underside, quite a light brown, I feel, but the underside is so rarely seen so it is hard to say whether this is untypical.

80
21383 M

the shape of the end of the abdomen suggests that this is a male.

1320
39220 M a male in typical territorial pose. 100

 

29087_male_Var_4May12

 

33379_male_Hautes-Alpes_4Jul13

 

26315_female_Alpes-Maritimes_04Jul11

 

32463_female_Alpes-Maritimes_1Jun13

 

35231_female_Alpes-Maritimes_3Jun14

 

18983_male_Lot-et-Garonne_23Aug09

 

21383_male_Alpes-Maritimes_3Jul10

 

39220_male_Lot-et-Garonne_26Jul15