Small Skippers

There were many territorial male Small Skippers in a meadow area in the outskirts of town. The males look like little, golden triangles perched on grass tips or flower heads, which dart after passing butterflies hoping for a female skipper. Males and female skippers are easy to tell apart when perched, as males have a dark line parallel to the edge of their forewings, the ‘sex brand’. The photo above shows a female, below, a male. Both sexes were enjoying the plentiful creeping thistle flowers.

Source: BugBlog

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