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2023-07-28 Mols-laboratoriet (Djursland), Denmark
Other amateurs go to Skallingen to get this species. But I dared to go off the beaten track, and got this one single animal as a new species here. Short-grassed forest fields, however, were not what I had expected as habitat. I found it next to a blackberry bush where all the other butterflies seemed to hang out too. This locality is tooted as first class Danish nature reserve. On this day I found it hard to believe.
Compared to sylvanus [Stor Bredpande], which it is most similar to, it appeared smaller and sharper edged when seen from above. Below it is unmistakable of course, and if you can only get a view of the antennas, I also think you can identify it correctly because the black spot on the club is very isolated and in dark color, leaving no comparison with other species. The antenna of silvestris [Skråstregbredpande] only shows a pale dark spot at the base of the club.
The body seemed very long. Longer than on any other skipper I know of, with a large part protruding past the wings.