Skippers:

 

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The Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) is tiny and easily overlooked. The sexes are very similar in appearance. I took this pair at Aston Upthorpe Down in Oxfordshire.
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April 2011

Nikon D300s with 70-300VR lens, 1/350s, f/9.5

The Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) is very 'moth like' and can be found together with the rather similar Burnet Companion moth. I photographed this one on the Downs near Aston Upthorpe, Oxon.
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April 2011

Nikon D300s with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/500s, f/11

I found this very brightly marked Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) near Spean Bridge. There are several small colonies in the West of Scotland around Fort William. Other good locations are Loch Arkaig and Ariundle National Nature Reserve, which is an exceptionally beautiful Atlantic oak forest.
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June 2007

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/1000s, f/5.6

The Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata) is one of the 'golden skippers' and is more strongly marked than the Small Skipper. I photographed this male in Whitecross Green Wood, Oxfordshire.
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June 2006

Nikon D70 with 70-300G lens, 1/250s, f/9.5

The Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) has an overall golden colour, although the male also has a dark linear scent mark on his wings, as seen here in Waterperry Wood, Oxfordshire.

July 1990

Pentax K1000 with Tamron 90mm macro lens

The Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) is almost identical to the Small Skipper but has glossy black tips to the antennae and more pointed wings. As naturalists have learned to recognise this species, it has been found to be more widespread than originally thought. Photographed at Sydlings Copse, Oxfordshire

July 2005

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/90s, f/16

The Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon) is restricted to a narrow strip of coast in Dorset. In this small area it can be very common and is recognised by the 'sun ray' marks on the wings of this female, photographed at Worbarrow Tout, Dorset.
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August 1996

Pentax K1000 with Tamron 90mm macro lens

The Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma) is rare in Britain, on the Northern edge of its European range, and flies late in the summer. The silver markings are very clear on this example at Sliding Hill near Swyncombe, Oxfordshire.
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August 2004

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/60s, f/16

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