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Ochlodes venata or Ochlodes sylvanus..

 

Help, please. I'm pretty sure that this afternoon's visitor to my buddleia is a Large Skipper ( Ochlodes venata ) but am happy to be corrected. If it is so, then it is not only the first I have photographed but also likely the first ever to be seen in this particular Macclesfield garden. Yesterday I photographed a Small Skipper but many miles away and I will be posting that eventually but this altogether more special for me ;-)

 

Well, as Bryan's comments below so accurately record, this is in fact the Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris.) Still a first for this garden, whatever ;-)

 

This butterfly's range extends throughout Europe to northern Asia, China and Japan. In the British Isles it occurs in England, Wales, and south western Scotland. Although called 'Large' this is still a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the Small or Essex Skippers. The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside help to distinguish the Large Skipper from these two orange Skippers. It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites. An active little butterfly in sunny weather it is attracted to various flowers but has a distinct liking for Bramble flowers

[edit]Life Cycle and foodplants

 

Eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and hatch after about two weeks. They are normally laid on Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata but they will occasionally use Purple Moor-grass Molinia caerulea, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Tor-grass B. pinnatum and Wood Small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos. On hatching the larvae construct a shelter in the usual skipper method of curling a leaf up with silk and begins to feed. It hibernates as a half-grown caterpillar and emerges in the spring to continue feeding and growing. The caterpillar has a large blackish-brown head with a dark line down its back and a yellow stripe along each side. Pupation lasts about three weeks during May and June and the adults are present from June to August. It is the first of the 'grass skippers' to emerge in the UK. In northern Europe the butterflies have a single brood, but in the south they may have up to three broods.

I like skipper butterflies, quite furry and a distinctive shape. This one was taking a brief rest on a grass stem, I had to be quick :)

 

This one is a female I believe, lacks the wing banding of males.

... not very, but it is a Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata) on Betony (Stachys sylvatica), at Fôret de Ville-Cartier, Bazouges la Pérouse, Brittany, France.

Photo by Helen

Nikon P300

 

We went looking for dragons and I found this rather co-operative Skipper, who like us was wondering where the sun had gone to. The third in this set was actually taken in light drizzle, and I became it's umbrella. I love Skippers so I was not disappointed. I hear the people at the BBC are saying the weather is warming up significantly soon, so hopefully the dragons will be out in force by next weekend, if not this.

This photo has not been photoshopped or processed, it has only been cropped a little. Taken along the banks of the river Lys (Leie)

 

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Stratton Wood, Swindon, U.K.

 

Family : Hesperiidae

Subfamily : Hesperiinae

Species : Ochlodes sylvanus

 

Taken at YWT Burton Riggs near Scarborough.

My first Skipper. Sunday 17 June 2012. 13:31. Hampstead Heath, London N6.

 

I'm not sure if its a big or small skipper. I'm going to plump for Large Skipper(Ochlodes venata). I've no idea what the other insect is. Update: Many thanks to Harryf2011 below for confirming it is a large Skipper www.flickr.com/photos/harrylepidopterist/

 

Hampstead Heath, London N6. Saturday 30 June 2012.

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Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus), in the Semois, Belgium

first I've seen (for certain)

A Large Skipper taken at Sand Point, Somerset, UK on the 1st June 2014.

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus), in the Semois, Belgium

Despite the hard wind here in the north of Holland still managed to make some decent shotos today.

Large skipper drinking nectar from Comfrey flowers. A small butterfly that looks rather like a moth.

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large skipper ~ ochlodes venata ID?

 

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Large Skipper butterfly (Ochlodes venata) on Chobham Common, Surrey

Photo by Helen

Nikon P300

 

We went looking for dragons and I found this rather co-operative Skipper, who like us was wondering where the sun had gone to. The third in this set was actually taken in light drizzle, and I became it's umbrella. I love Skippers so I was not disappointed. I hear the people at the BBC are saying the weather is warming up significantly soon, so hopefully the dragons will be out in force by next weekend, if not this.

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large skipper ~ ochlodes venata

common blue damselfly ~ nallagma cyathigerum

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