Monday, 22 June 2015

Large Skipper, the difference between.......

When the Large Skipper is sitting with it's wings closed, it can get rather confusing when trying to  identify between male and female. Back in 2006 as a newcomer to the world of butterflies, i  too would often be totally perplexed as to which was which with the sexes of this species, along with the Small Skippers. After closely studying these two species, i found that the antenna were completely different from the males and the females. I also found that the males have larger eyes than the females in this species, as do many males of other species of butterfly.
The antenna of a male Large Skipper being orange and black
The antenna of a female Large Skipper being black and white

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