Thursday, 27 November 2008

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

Adult female Large Skipper (subspecies ) at Geddington, Northants - July 2010

OTHER NAMES: Large Skipper Butterfly
Wingspan: 29-36mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

As the name suggests, the largest of the species of skipper found in the UK.  It is differentiated from the Small and Essex Skippers by the slight patterning on the wings.  This species is currently extending it's range Northwards.  They often perch on prominant leaves in a sunny position at the edge of taller and shorter vegetation.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 

Family: Hesperiidae 
Genus: Thymelicus 
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A widespread resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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