Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)
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2022 photographs highlighted in blue. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
Sylvanus is superficially similar to the Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma) and a comparison is given on the comma page.
It is generally widespread, although not usually in large numbers, and has a wide altitude range.
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.
This species was formerly known as Ochlodes venatus.
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|
|42829||M||a typical male, in territorial pose, as are most of the males on this page.||220|
|46611||M||a male, with limited contrast between the markings.||1000|
|48097||M||a rather dark male from the Hautes-Pyrénées, albeit not at high altitude. A very photogenic species.||1250|
|46407||F||a female, with limited contrast between the markings.||1700|
|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|
|49449||M||a male, the hindwing rather paler than usual but with the post-discal spots clearly visible.||220|