View of a golden brown butterfly resting on a green leaf

Large Skipper. Photo: Paul Freedman

This is a photo of Paul’s first Large Skipper of the year, taken today, 20/05/2020 and was as he so beautifully put it:

shining like a little jewel in the early morning sun of Ballard Down.

This one is a male as Paul correctly identified from the prominent dark line (sex-brand) on the forewing.  The first Large Skipper reported to our Dorset BC website this year was seen yesterday, 19/05/2020 and this is the first photo of one sent to us this year.

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