Thymelicus lineola (NL: Zwartsprietdikkopje / EN: Essex Skipper; European Skipper / DE: Schwarzkolbige Braun-Dickkopffalter / FR: Hespérie du dactyle) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. With a wingspan of 2.5 to 2.9 cm it is very similar in appearance to the Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to look at the tips of the antennae. T. Lineola's are black whereas those of T. sylvestris are orange. This butterfly occurs throughout much of the Palaearctic region. Its range spreads from southern Scandinavia through Europe to North Africa and east to Central Asia
Image: San Vito di Cadore (IT) - 04/07/2011
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