Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)
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2019 photographs highlighted in yellow. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
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.
It is usually encountered in singles, I find, but quite frequently, even at high altitudes.
|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|
|45890||M||a male, rather drab colouring with little contrast.||220|
|26315||F||a very fresh dark female.||600|
|32463||F||a rather worn female.||1085|
|35231||F||a particularly drab pale grey female.||1080|
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.
the shape of the end of the abdomen suggests that this is a male.
|39220||M||a male in typical territorial pose.||100|