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6 Species / SW Spain (1 Viewer)

Jose605

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Brown Argus, Common Blue and Spanish Festoon for the first 3 I believe.

The rest I'm not sure...

Thank you for your help!

Jose
 

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Jose605

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Thank you, Chris. Great feedback!

I have a few other photos of the Skipper, if necessary.

The 6th was quite small. Maybe a moth?

Jose
 

Scridifer

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Thank you, Chris. Great feedback!

I have a few other photos of the Skipper, if necessary.

The 6th was quite small. Maybe a moth?

Jose
More photos may help (if not me then others more knowledgeable - I do struggle with Skippers!)

6 is definitely a moth

Chris
 

Jose605

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Thank you, Chris.

Here's 3 other photos of the skipper. Hopefully they may help towards a positive ID.

Jose
 

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Andy Adcock

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I'd say you're right with female Brown Argus and Spanish Festoon but I can't even attempt the Blue without seeing an underwing shot.

I'd say the Skipper is a Mallow.
 
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Jose605

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Thank you, Andy.

Could these photos correspond to the underwing of the Blue? I believe it was the Blue with its wings closed. What could be other than the Blue?

Any way to tell Mallow from Southern Marbled?

Thanks!

Jose
 

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aeshna5

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Just to throw a spanner in the works there are the very similar Southern Brown Argus & Southern Common Blue in southern Spain which to my eyes look almost indistinguishable from the species further north & best identified on distribution. I think Rafael will know more about this- you may well be in the area of the southern sibling species.

I'd agree with Andy about Mallow Skipper.
 

Jose605

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Good morning, aeshna5. Thank you for your input; it's much appreciated. I take good note of the Mallow ID. Hopefully Rafael can shed some light too, since he's well familiar with the species in the region. Cheers.
 

Jose605

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pdwinter

Paul Winter
Hi Paul, thank you for your reply. Sorry I didn't mention it. They were all photographed yesterday.
I'm not a big fan of using date for ID but Mallow Skipper flies early (I have seen it in late January and February in Málaga province where it can be seen throughout the year) whereas Southern Marbled is a later species - predominantly seen in May and June but I have seen them in the last third of April.

Page 28 of the pdf that Timbirder3 linked is good for showing the differences.
 

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