Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

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2014 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.

16255_male_Var_18Jun09 13450_male_Côte-d'Or_22Jul08 21905_male_Hautes-Alpes_11Jul10
27922_male_Rhône_28Aug11 29635_female_Var_2Jun12 27925_male_Rhône_28Aug11
   
29870_male_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_15Jun12    

This species was formerly known as Ochlodes venatus. It is superficially similar to the Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma) and a comparison is given on the comma page.

The sexes can be differentiated by the upf where the black sex brand of the male is prominent. The male also is generally more lightly marked than the female, especially at the wing margin.
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observations

alt. m
16255 M

a ground colour so pale it could almost be confused with the Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) but the black heavy sex brand is a sure pointer to sylvanus.

780
13450 M

a male, as indicated by the strong black sex brands on the upf. A very narrow forewing.

320
21905 M a typical male sylvanus. 1750
27922 M a quite dark male, the sex brand being rather weak and indistinct against this background. 200
29635 F a female, as clearly indicated by the lack of a sex brand. 20
27925 M the underside is quite distinctly different to comma, the spots being much paler and less contrasted. 200
29870 M a male, taking salts from the ground, showing no unh markings, not even vestigial. 1100

 

16255_male_Var_18Jun09

 

13450_male_Côte-d'Or_22Jul08

 

21905_male_Hautes-Alpes_11Jul10

 

27922_male_Rhône_28Aug11

 

29635_female_Var_2Jun12

 

27925_male_Rhône_28Aug11

 

29870_male_Alpes-de-Haute-Provence_15Jun12