Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)
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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.|
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.
a male, as indicated by the strong black sex brands on the upf. A very narrow forewing.
|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|