Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Essex and Small Skippers at Pagham Harbour

Pagham Harbour nature reserve
Yesterday afternoon Sue and I visited Pagham Harbour nature reserve, which is now run by the RSPB. In the area by the pond neae the car park I found both Essex and Small Skippers, Gatekeepers, a Meadow Brown and a Red Admiral.
Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum
Essex Skipper, female, Thymelicus lineola
The underside of the tip of the antennae is black which distinguishes it from the Small Skipper which has an orange under-tip.
Essex Skipper, male, Thymelicus lineola
The sex brand of the male is short and parallel to the wing edge (red circle above) whereas the Small Skipper male has a longer sex brand which is at an angle to the wing edge.
female Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis
Hoverfly, Eristalis interruptus
female Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Teasels and thistles
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Small Skipper, female, Thymelicus sylvestris
Small Skipper, female, Thymelicus sylvestris
The underside of the antennae tip is orange, whereas the Essex Skipper has a black under-tip.

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