Large Skipper

Ochlodes venatus


Male, Switzerland, July 2011

Female, September 2010

Spain, July 2011

Male, Switzerland, May 2011

Male, Switzerland, June 2012

Male, Switzerland, June 2012

Female on left, male on right, Switzerland, August 2012

Male, Switzerland, June 2005

Suffolk, long, long ago

Suffolk, long, long ago...

This is a species I associate with my childhood, hunting butterflies in summer Suffok meadows. It is common but a lovely insect, unmistakable for any other butterfly except perhaps the silver-spotted skipper, which has a very different underside and begins flying much later in the year. Only the male has the prominent brand in the centre of the forewings.