Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

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26420_male_Alpes-Maritimes_07Jul11 21697_male_Alpes-Maritimes_7Jul10 35440_male_Var_18Jun14
5441_female_Var_14May07 35333_female_Var_9Jun14 37345_male_Var_22May15

Until 2006, I had never studied sylvestris closely enough to check if certain specimens were in fact Essex Skippers (T. lineola). Curiously enough, I now find that most that I attempt to identify appear to be lineola, hence the paucity of photographs of sylvestris.

The key differentiators are addressed on the lineola page.

 
ref sex

observations

alt. m
26420 M the long strong sex brand confirms sylvestris, even though the black border is rather diffuse, suggesting lineola. 1400
21697 M

even though the antennal tips appear to be black at the tips (at least on the upper side of the antennae), the length of the sex brand confirms sylvestris.

185
35440 M I originally had 35440 on the page for the Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon) on the basis that the significantly longer body length was an indicator of acteon, despite the apparent absence of the upf orange horseshoe-shaped mark. While most Thymelicus species with long bodies did in fact transpire to be acteon, this body length isn't a sure pointer to acteon, as sylvestris can also have this. 220
5441 F

this rather fuzzy shot of a female does at least show the antennae clearly and being entirely orange, are a sure pointer to sylvestris.

185
35333 F a female in the process of egg-laying. 220
37345 M a male, hopefully just showing that the underside of the tips if antennae are brown and not black, as they would be for lineola. 220

 

26420_male_Alpes-Maritimes_07Jul11

 

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35440_male_Var_18Jun14

 

5441_female_Var_14May07

 

35333_female_Var_9Jun14

 

37345_male_Var_22May15