Learning to Look

Skulenboarg Skipper 045

Since spring I’ve been keeping my eye out for skippers but I didn’t seem to find any…they seemed quite distinctive from photo’s bloggers have posted here on WordPress, yet they are actually quite a bit smaller than I originally thought…

Within the last couple of months I started to notice them on the edges of ditches and meadows but failed to attain a decent image due to focusing issues….until the above image…when this Small Skipper just presented itself to me, I think it is a small skipper but I’m hardly what you can call an expert…

Skippers, Whites and Blues 182

In the rest of the images, which were taken on the following days at the same venue, they look more like Essex skippers…whichever skipper they are I’m very proud to be able to present my first skipper images! πŸ˜€

Skulenboarg Skipper 028

Skulenboarg Skipper 046

11 responses

  1. Very interesting. I had not known of this insect before. They look like they each have a little coat to wear to keep them warm! ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    August 20, 2014 at 6:54 am

    • Thank you Judie. I especially like their furry faces! πŸ™‚

      August 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  2. Hillechien Prins

    Beautiful insect which I do not know

    August 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

    • Neither did I till this year…Thanks Hillechien! πŸ™‚

      August 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  3. Very good shots! We’ve had these around in Dorset for a month or so – I didn’t see any until mid-July. Essex skipper has a black ‘antennal club’, whereas the small skipper is orange-brown, if that helps… RH

    August 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

    • Thank you RH!…That’s why according to these photos that I think both are present. πŸ™‚

      August 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  4. Very nice!

    August 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    • Thank you Mike! πŸ™‚

      August 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      • πŸ™‚

        August 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

  5. Sweet! Great shots.

    August 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

    • Thank you Eliza! πŸ™‚

      August 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

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