Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

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Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:14 pm

Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Week 9

Week nine and the countdown to Christmas has started in earnest - I think that BC have missed a trick - an advent calendar with butterfly shaped chocolates - that would certainly draw in a few more initiates 8) Please could I ask that everyone waits until a topic has been opened by me for a particular species before posting photos - just to make it easier to organise and keep everything on track so that we can enjoy this throughout the winter months? Of course our overseas members are very welcome to fill in the obvious gaps relating to rare UK migrants. As like last year details of locations, dates, times and circumstances would be welcome as would any accompanying stories and anecdotes or other observations of behaviour and interesting other points.

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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby David M » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:28 pm

8th June, Crymlyn Burrows on the Swansea Coast:

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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby downland boy » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:13 am

In June, I came across this fresh looking female during a late afternoon walk along a field edge near Cartmel in Cumbria. I do like a 'noisy' background sometimes to give the image some depth.
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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Goldie M » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:12 pm

I took my shots at Hall-Lee-Brook on the 27th June and 10th July, the LS were few and far between this year
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Postby IAC » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:05 pm

Maybe not one of the finest photographs I have ever taken of the species however, the Large Skipper continues to expand at a much slower and more methodical pace than its cousin the Small Skipper. The Large Skipper has a very patchy history in the Scottish Borders though this past ten years it has been on the rise and can be found along lowland riverbanks, hedgerows with grass margins and quarry sites. The species has now managed to get a very firm foothold among the higher altitudes of the Lammermuir Hills by following burns and wet flushes were concentrations of such plants occur that seem suitable to there tastes ie Marsh Thistle, Ragged Robin, Hieracium sp, Dactylorhiza sp. and various Vetches and Clovers. This one was from a recently discovered site in the Scottish Borders at Gordon Community Woodland. A humid pocket of mire surrounded by a mix of planted native trees. The Marsh Thistle here is used almost exclusively.
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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby millerd » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:06 pm

Another species I found in lower numbers this year on my local patch. One reliable spot has become rather overgrown with brambles so I hope they are able to relocate nearby. Here is one from that area taken on 21st June.
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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby bugboy » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:18 pm

Compared to last year, this species had a disastrous year on my travels. However I started a second transect at work this year, a 10 minute walk around our car park which has been deliberately left to grow wild over the past 10 year or so, and I was pleasantly surprised to end the season with a count 50 individuals, I wonder how many there is in a good year!
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Postby celery » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:34 pm

This one from Risby Common, near Scunthorpe on a trip to see Grayling. Nowt much to say about it except I like the way the legs and proboscis mirror the pink stamens on the Viper's Bugloss.

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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Neil Freeman » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:59 pm

This was another species that turned up at all the places that I would expect to see it, albeit mostly in lower numbers than previous years.

A male from Ryton Wood...

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Large Skipper male - Ryton wood 13.07.2016


...and a female from the park just down the road by my Moms house,

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Large Skipper female - Langley Hall 01.07.2016


I also like this shot of a couple of females on bramble blossom buds, also taken at the park by my Moms house.

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Large Skipper females - Langley Hall 24.06.2016


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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Chris Jackson » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:07 pm

Here are upper and under shots from July 30th, south of France.
I originally had them down as being the same individual, but I am now having doubts.
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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:14 pm

Large Skipper

This was my favourite shot of a Large Skipper from 2016 many due to the comic effect produced from the abdominal hairs. From the angle that I caught it at they remind me of a Pom-pom or more seasonally, a bauble.
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Taken back in the first week of July at my Larkhill stop-off it was in great condition, practically glowing in the afternoon sun.

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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby MikeOxon » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:08 pm

Another photo showing the marvellous flexibility of the proboscis - what an amazing feeding tool!

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Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2016

Postby Allan.W. » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:35 pm

Sitting looking through my 2016 shots this evening,and found a Large Skipper shot that I was quite pleased with,
unfortunately can,t remember where I took it......but somewhere in Kent ! regards Allan.W.


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