Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages)
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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.
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.
|a male with very little contrast to the markings, so the Dingy description is for once quite applicable.
|a nice dark fresh male.
|a male, rather drab colouring with little contrast.
|I suspect this is a male from its territorial behaviour. When fresh, they sometimes have this very appealing grey-brown colouring, not dingy at all.
|a rather colder brown colour, with quite strong markings.
|a softer brown colour, with less contrast, although quite fresh so not faded through ageing, and typical of UK tages.
|more contrasted than usual for UK tages, and really not dingy at all.
|a very fresh dark female.
|a rather worn female.
|a particularly drab pale grey female.
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.
|a male in typical territorial pose.