A gplden brown butterfly resting on the seed head of a plant

Essex Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

A golden brown butterfly resting on the seed head of a plant

Essex Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent in these two photos he took at Motcombe Meadows yesterday, 13/07/2021 telling us:

A nice bright spell around lunch time tempted me to the meadows today.  I found what I was after as well! Some nice fresh Essex Skippers, this particular one was posing nicely when the sun disappeared.

Editor’s Note:  These photos clearly show the distinctive black tips to the underside of the antennae of the Essex Skipper – on the very similar Small Skipper they are orange or a dull brown.

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