Large Skipper

Continuing with my Butterfly theme this one is also on the wing now until the end of July.

Large SkipperYou can tell a Large Skipper from a Small or Essex Skipper by the blotchy pattern on their wings (normally referred to as chequered) the other two species have uniform orange wings. Also the antennae of the large Skipper are pointed and hooked and the others are not.

Large SkipperThe male large Skipper, pictured below, has a prominent “sex brand”, The black, diagonal line about half way down it’s fore wing, these are actually scent scales that make it smell like a man butterfly. Also the underside of the antennae tip is orange.

Large Skipper MaleThese features are absent on the female.
Large Skipper Female

Male.Large Skipper Male

Female.Large Skipper Female

Large Skipper FemaleThis pose, with the wings held at different angles is very typical of the Skippers and it works for me, I think that it looks nice.

Large Skipper FemaleThat’s a large Skipper Butterfly

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