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Tilbury Barge Pilot

By NDODS    
Thank you all so very much for your great comments and votes following yesterdays upload of my Common Darter.

This little fella was captured the very same day as we were strolling through a beautiful meadow within spitting distance from the Bungalow.

Scientific Name:

Thymelicus lineola
European skipper, European skipperling, Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)


Orange brown - with the male having a small black line on its upperwings. Can also be identified with its antennal club which is black.

Confusion Species:

Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Lulworth Skipper
26-30 mm


About 2 weeks.


Essex and along the Thames Estuary towards the London Suburbs. Colonies also exist in the Cotswolds alongside newly constructed bypasses and are believed to have been introduced when the verges were seeded with grass and wildflowers seeds originating from elsewhere where this butterfly is found.


The Essex Skipper is found in tall, dry grasslands in open sunny situations, especially roadside verges, woodland rides and acid grasslands, as well as coastal marshes.


The main species used is ****'s-foot, although the butterfly may use several other grasses including Creeping Soft-grass, Common Couch, Timothy, Meadow Foxtail, False Brome, and Tor-grass. It rarely uses Yorkshire-fog, the preferred food plant of the Small Skipper.

I hoe that you all have a wonderful day, it's going to be hot....

Regards Nathan

Tags: Outdoors Small Macro photography Essex skipper Wildlife and nature

Voters: RonnieAG, Derek_Fearn, CarolG and 101 more

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Jul 2013 9:00AM
She's a little beauty, Nathan, and I love the alternative name for her.....skipperling SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Carol

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 9:01AM
That's a very full narrative on this species and it's habits, Nathan, and a fine shot of this example, the detail spot on just where required.
Full marks for effort in every way.
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
18 Jul 2013 9:02AM
Not seen one of these, Nathan, shall certainly be looking for them on my next excursion down the Thames Estuary. Nicely captured on the seed head.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:09AM
Wow Nathan that is some read/write up! thank you
but this is a special image so wonderfully captured
18 Jul 2013 9:12AM
Superb capture here Nathan with a very informative narrative
18 Jul 2013 9:14AM
Fine shot Nathan, some nice detail captured and a great pose,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:17AM
A really impressive macro here Nathan.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
18 Jul 2013 9:19AM
Excellent macro image and thanks for the info.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 150 16 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:43AM
Excellent macro Nathan, interesting intro.Smile

ColleenA Plus
5 354 5 Australia
18 Jul 2013 9:44AM
What a superb capture Nathan and an interesting narrative as well...lovely photography
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 9:46AM
A great write up to accompany this splendid little Skipper Nathan !
18 Jul 2013 9:50AM
Superb capture and some interesting information, Nathan.
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
18 Jul 2013 9:50AM
beautiful capture Nathan, .. thanks for extra info
18 Jul 2013 9:57AM
Stunning capture Mr when i grow up will i be able to take picture like this.

Little Gary
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:57AM
Well captured Nathan, these are such pretty little things, yes it is roasting hot already,
enjoy your day,

Ali SmileSmile
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
18 Jul 2013 9:58AM
Roll on Saturday when it's going to be cooler and more overcast...............I can then get out with the camera.............until then I will just perspire and moan incessantly about how hot it is...........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Nice capture of this critter and great info.............GrinGrinGrinGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 10:23AM
Good hairy detail Nathan.
A fine shot.
18 Jul 2013 10:31AM
A great shot Nathan,with those sharp details,and very fine bokeh, let alone all that information! - Well done Nathan!!! GrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.
This is certainly another wonderful macro. Well done Nathan.
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 10:45AM
Great shot, Nathan.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 10:57AM
Superb macro shot Nathan, fantastic detail and colours, interesting write up to

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
18 Jul 2013 11:00AM
I am impressed by the excellent scholarly presented info. Wonderful creamy colours with a tint of green and the acidic yellow of the thymelicus lineola, Nathan. A super shot.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
18 Jul 2013 11:14AM
seen one bug, seen em all???? BlushBlushBlushBlushBlush

fascinating storyline Grin
Bravdo 10 17 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 11:16AM
Very nice macro work with great detail. Nathan you have me on side. GrinGrinGrin

JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
18 Jul 2013 11:33AM
A real beaut. Love the gentle colours of nature you've captured. Exquisite detail.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 11:51AM
cracking colours and detail Nathan a stunner nice one Wink
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
18 Jul 2013 12:29PM
Great detailed information Nathan, cracking image too!!
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
18 Jul 2013 12:30PM
So its a moth then ?? Blush Nice macro image Nathan GrinGrinGrin

18 Jul 2013 12:33PM
A impressive capture, Nathan and such a detailed write up!
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 1:00PM
Stunning Nathan - as always great info to go with your amazing images.
18 Jul 2013 1:10PM
Lovely close up - I like the muted colours.
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 1:22PM
A superb image Nathan, great detail, comp, and DOF, i have been trying for two hours to get a good image of these today.
Regards, Alf.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Jul 2013 1:28PM
A superb detailed image Nathan........Sandy
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
18 Jul 2013 1:37PM
A special image Nathan apart from the beauty o fThe skipper the landing stage plays an important role in the image. A great combination.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 2:21PM
Nice detail and it is really good to have information about it tooSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Jul 2013 3:30PM
Surveying his territory and keeping a watch for interlopers--- a GREAT SHOT!
Richsr 10 91 223 England
18 Jul 2013 4:02PM
Like the fine details and tones in this Nathan, good one
Regards Richard
a great shot and a very comprehensive description.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 4:40PM
Beautiful shot NathanGrinGrin
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 4:46PM
A superb capture.SmileSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 Jul 2013 4:54PM
What a superb close-up, Nathan, and a nice perch he's err, perched on! Wink
Trev Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 5:27PM
Thanks for all the information on this little chap Nathan - isn't he adorable!
18 Jul 2013 6:02PM
Petite and delicate.

dave1967 6 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 6:24PM
Great shot
18 Jul 2013 7:49PM
Excellent presentation and capture!
myrab 11 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 7:57PM
I love this Nathan,
The colour and D O F, are superb.

Hope your keeping well.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 8:56PM
Sometimes I think I am in the wrong place, your all too clever for me! The detail in this shot is superb, I have to pull my socks up Wink finding a favorite tonight for my award is going to be difficult as so many good images tonight
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 9:38PM
Beautiful image of this lovely skipper so perfectly perched on the harmonious grass.
18 Jul 2013 9:44PM
Lovely shot. Love all the info. I learn so much from this site. Cathy
Source 7
18 Jul 2013 10:53PM
A fantastic capture/macro
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2013 6:22AM
A wonderful capture Nathan and great write up.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2013 3:38PM
A real corker Nathan, I'm most impressed you were able to id this variety. A lot of our native skippers look so alike

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