Large Chequered Skipper
Heteropterus morpheus

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Heteropterus morpheus

Male, Italy, July 2014

Heteropterus morpheus

Female, Italy, July 2014

Heteropterus morpheus

Male, Italy, July 2014

Italy, June 2007

Italy, June 2007

Italy, June 2007

Hungary, July 1994

This is a species I hadn't seen for years, because I'd never been in the right place, until I took a trip to North Italy in late June 2007 with Matt Rowlings. Since then I have found it in several nearby places in Italy. I first saw it in central France in 1982, bobbing along woodland edges in La Brenne. The last two pictures above were taken near Boronka, in Hungary in July 1994. The species is utterly unmistakeable, even in flight, because nothing else on planet earth combines its bouncing and buzzing! At rest, the underside is quite spectacular.