Sunday, 8 August 2010

Large Skipper.

Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata) is our most widespread 'orange' skipper and the males are easily identified when at rest by the conspicuous dark sex band on the forewing.
Single-brooded, they first appear in late May or early June, reach peak numbers in mid-July and virtually disappear by the end of August. 
Above for comparison purposes is a Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) often seen in the company of the Large Skipper but the basic differences are that on the male the sex bands are slightly curved and more obvious is the much thinner dark edges to the wings.   FAB.

10 comments:

  1. Awesome photos and great simple article. Really liking your photography!

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  2. Thanks Glen, appreciate your thoughts.

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  3. I have just recently become a follower of your blogs and like what I see. Great photography and interesting information in your post. I consider myself a part time blogger due to the fact I work full time hrs. I am also a Amateur Photograher and love Nature and capturing the Beauty that surrounds me. I have only had my blog up a short time and have alot to learn as I go.
    Well you take care and have a great day.
    Dianne :)

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  4. Hi Dianne. Always delighted to welcome new followers such as yourself. A part-time blogger, well watch out beacause it can get quite addictive. Take care..FAB

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  5. Hi Amila. Glad you liked these. I'll be dropping by Wild Sri Lanka from time to time. Cheers...FAB.

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  6. Great captures of the skipper!

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  7. Very nice phootos - Ive seen this creature lately in my granma's garden - they're beautiful;)

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  8. Yes Joanna, they are stunning little flutters.

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