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Skipper ID help, Devon, UK

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Old Monday 8th July 2019, 19:01   #1
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Skipper ID help, Devon, UK

Hi,

Having not seen either Small or Essex Skipper before (always Large, frustratingly) I'm unsure of an ID on these. I've looked online and the diagnostic feature is the underside of the antennae colour, so are these ID'able from these photos? I also see Essex Skipper is pretty rare down this way, but also that its range is expanding.

Many thanks,

Tom
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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 04:20   #2
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The second is definitely Small Skipper. Though the first shows dark to the upper antennal club, I still think this is also a Small, but a tricky angle.
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Thanks Aeshna, I won’t forget to try to take better photos of the undersides of Skipper antennae now, can imagine that’ll be easy!
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