The large skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) is a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the small or Essex skippers. To identify, the Large Skipper has a thick black line through the centre of its orange upperwings, which can be seen when it is at rest. It also has “hooked” or twirly pointed antennae tips, whereas those of both the Essex and Small Skipper are stubby and rounded. It occurs from Europe to the East Palearctic realm (northern Asia, China and Japan).
Large skipper