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|This colourful skipper is distinguished from all other skippers by the numerous yellowish spots found on its upperside – resulting in a chequered appearance that gives this butterfly its name. Like most skippers, this is a fast-flying butterfly, and its chequered markings make it very difficult to track when in flight. This butterfly does not exist in discrete colonies; populations are generally spread over wide areas of habitat. The Chequered Skipper is confined to north-west Scotland where it was first discovered in 1939 at Loch Lochy in West Inverness-shire, where its distribution is centred on Fort William and where the larval foodplant is Purple Moor-grass.|
This species formerly occurred in England, inhabiting larger oak woods of central and east England, where False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) was used as the larval foodplant. The butterfly was sadly declared extinct in England in 1976, with its last sites in north-east Northamptonshire. Mackworth-Praed (1945) considers the Scottish specimens to be visibly distinct from the extinct English specimens: "It [the Scottish race] is, at least biologically, a distinct race from that of the eastern counties of England, and appears to be distinct in coloration. Its appearance on May 10th in 1942, and on May 28th in the cold, wet season of 1943, is a month earlier than is normal with the English race. Its coloration is cleaner and harder, with no yellow wash on the underside".
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Hello John-Beautiful Skipper.Well captured.Nice BG with splendid light.Nicely framed.Good work.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar
- [2014-07-17 11:01]
Nice and interesting capture of a beautiful skipper.
- [2014-07-17 16:23]
Salut John,une nouvelle espece tres tres rare a voir ici,capture excellente dans une composition originale et jolie,tres bons details et couleurs aussi.Bon WE et merci,Luciano
照的很漂亮 很美丽的蝴蝶 也很清晰 花朵也很奇特
- [2014-07-18 11:43]
Very beautiful capture, nice sharpness and nice details,natural colors in a nice blurring BG,
Ciao John, great macro of lovely butterfly, fine details, wonderful colors, great clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio