Sunday, 26 May 2013

Grizzled Skippers at Penhale Sands

  We visited Penhale Sands this morning to look for Grizzled Skippers. As the sun warmed the ground they started to become more active and some were feeding on Ground Ivy flowers. Closer inspection of each individual revealed that with the Grizzled Skippers there were also some of the rare abberation form "taras". This differs to the normal Grizzled by having more elongated white markings on the upper fore wings.

  We saw at least four individuals of the "tarus" form and even within this abberation the markings seemed to vary slightly. 

  The first photograph is of a standard Grizzled Skipper and the photographs that follow are of the "tarus" form showing the different markings.

1 comment:

  1. What can i say,but wow.
    We've not seen a Grizzled skipper,still trying.
    Which is fun.
    Superb shots kate.