Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)
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|46951_male_Buckinghamshire, UK_18May20||47965_male_UK, Buckinghamshire_18May21||26315_female_Alpes-Maritimes_04Jul11|
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.
As noted in the comment on 46951 below, UK specimens seem to vary little and merit the word "Dingy" in its name, whereas I have found that specimens from France, albeit from a wider geographical range and widely different terrain, can vary quite dramatically. Only 29087 of the French specimens could be taken for an English 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|
a fairly typical specimen from the UK, giving more credence to the "Dingy" in its name than most of the examples from France.
|47965||M||another example from the UK where there seems to be very limited variation and the specimens seems to be paler, browner (rather than grey), and with less contrast across the markings.||160|
|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.
|39220||M||a male in typical territorial pose.||100|