A different individual (probably Warren's skipper but unconfirmed as I
didn't see the underside)
The following pictures are of
two females I netted for the purposes of identification in July
2010. Once identified, they were immediately released and sadly chose
not to settle nearby but zoom off over the very difficult terrain,
preventing me getting any natural, flower shots!
is a very local skipper of the high Alps. It
most resembles the large grizzled skipper but is much smaller and has
extremely weak markings on the upperside, reduced to points on the
forewing. I first saw the species in July 2010, when
I went up specially to find it. I wandered through woods and flowery
clearings, finally breaking out onto steep open hillside with lots of
flowers and rocky gullies. There, I saw a total of 4 individuals,
though it was not easy to be sure exactly how many as large grizzled
skippers and carline skippers were both on the wing, as well as
red-underwing skippers, which also somethimes deceived the eye! I
visited the same site on 23rd July 2012 and again in 2013, when I
finally found the heart of the colony. In 2014 I'll be there a little
earlier in the day for better pictures!
one of the earlier high alpine species, emerging on average two weeks
before large grizzled skipper, and I need to go up earlier in the year
to get better pictures!