<< Previous Next >>

Thymelicus lineola #3 - Essex Skipper

Thymelicus lineola #3 - Essex Skipper
Photo Information
Copyright: Goran Ogen (sgo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies Summer -06 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-22 22:26
Viewed: 2977
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thymelicus lineola from Fleeting Memories From Summer -06 seen drawing nectar from Echium vulgare ("Viper's Bugloss").

Family: Hesperiidae, the only family in the superfamily of Hesperoidea, with 3 subfamilies and 7 genera in the Nordic countries.
1. Hesperiinae, genera: Hesperia, Ochlodes, Thymelicus. Characteristic of all "Grass Skippers" is their peculiar habit of completely spreading their hindwings straight out while their forewings are spread 40/45 degrees diagonally upwards when resting, which makes it look like they are in disarray.
2. Heteropterinae, genera: Carterocephalus, Heteropterus
3. Pyrginae, genera: Erynnis, Pyrgus

Subfamily: Hesperiinae Grass Skippers, with 3 genera in the Nordic countries:
1. Hesperia,
2. Ochlodes,
3. Thymelicus. The Skippers in this genus are coloured uniformly brownish-yellow and their flight is slower than that of other Hesperioidea.

Genus: Thymelicus, with 2
Species in the Nordic countries:
1. T. lineola Essex Skipper. The T. lineola differs from its cognate the T. sylvestris in that the undersides of the antenna-tips are black wheras those of the latter are orange.
2. T. sylvestris, the black pheromone line in the male is stronger and longer than that in the T. lineola and the greyish-yellow underside of the hindwing has a light brownish-yellow shade against the back edge (tronus). The Thymelicus sylvestris, "Small Skipper", is only endemic in Denmark, being locally common in Jutland and on the island of Fyn, but may occassionally pop up in south-western Sweden; it seems like The Great Belt is too big a barrier for it to spread eastward.

For names in most European vernaculars, distribution maps, etc., the interested student is recommended to visit Chris Jonko's (Christopher_PL on TN) great site European Butterflies with other excellent links.

Swedish [Liten] tåtelsmygare for Thymelicus lineola "Essex Skipper" is now obsolete, Mindre tåtelsmygare being the established name.
Swedish Stor tåtelsmygare for Thymelicus sylvestris "Small Skipper" is now obsolete, Större tåtelsmygare being the established name.
Confusing, isn't it?

1: Nationalnyckeln till Sveriges flora och fauna: Fjärilar - Dagfjärilar. Hesperiidae - Nymphalidae (2005),
2: Bo Söderström: Svenska fjärilar. En fälthandbok (2006)

Olof_O, jhm, clnaef, anel, Tamrock, fartash, phlr, Maite has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

I like this photo. It is very well done. Great composition, color, etc.. Your Note is very detailed. Thanks for sharing.


  • Great 
  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-23 2:13]

Hello Goran,

Butterflies are always a excellent subject, you took this butterfly very well, very nice DOF. Thanks a lot for your interesting note too!


Belle prise de vue bien équilibrée.
Bonne journée.

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-23 3:46]

Hi Goran,
Very poetical shot with wonderful colours. Excellent point of view and composition. And thank's again for your excellent notes.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-23 5:01]

Great shot,Goran!
Sharpness,details and colors are very nice. TFS.

Hello Goran
Excellent shot of this skipper,
Perfect compo and lighting,
I like these skippers and you can
check them :-)


  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-25 15:53]

Hello Goran
I think that it is not easy to identify the skippers but you are an excellent capturer of butterflies and very learned about them.
Excellent shot with wonderful point of view and composition, and very good sharpness and bg.
My compliments and TFS.

:) Points tomorrow

Calibration Check