Large Chequered Skipper (Heteropterus morpheus)

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2787_male_Italy_17Jul06 99-01_female_Gironde_Jul99

A strange butterfly, even by skipper standards. It has a very unusual underside as can be seen from 2787 above and a rather drab but rarely-seen upperside (99-01), although it usually settles with its wings closed.

It has a characteristic bouncing flight, in which it seems to have difficulty getting off the ground, such that it can’t be mistaken in flight for anything else. In France it has a very western distribution where I have seen it near Bordeaux and in the French Pyrénées.
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2787 M

a male underside, as indicated by the hair tuft at the end of the abdomen. The photograph was taken in Italy, west of Lake Garda. As it only occurs in a small area in Italy, I was probably fortunate to find it there.

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99-01 F

the only time I have seen the upperside.

 

 

2787_male_Italy_17Jul06