24th July

A late afternoon walk up and around Battlesbury Hill in search of the Essex Skipper.

As they’re virtually indistinguishable from Small Skippers, I looked for any Skipper and photographed it, ideally from a “head on” perspective. Afterwards, I would check the images, paying attention to the antennae.

All except one were definitely Small Skippers, the other being provisionally identified by myself as an Essex Skipper, but for confirmation I emailed the Wiltshire County Butterfly Recorder for his view on it. I also sent it to Fuzz for his thoughts.

The verdict was…an Essex Skipper! Yay!

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