Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

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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.

26420_male_Alpes-Maritimes_07Jul11 21697_male_Alpes-Maritimes_7Jul10 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.

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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

 

21697_male_Alpes-Maritimes_7Jul10

 

5441_female_Var_14May07

 

35333_female_Var_9Jun14

 

37345_male_Var_22May15