Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Small Skipper(Thymelicus sylvestris) in Sweden

Yesterday, whilst out with the macro lens I photographed what I believed to be a Small Skipper(Thymelicus sylvestris). Clearly visible in this close up shot are the fulvous tips to the antennae. A pity this was not a male, as id is then made even easier..
 I am being told that this species does not occur in Sweden. Checking the distribution maps in The Collin's Guide to the Butterflies of Europe, this seems to be the case.
 There is the posiibility that the species has expanded into Sweden or is present at a small number of formerly overlooked sites sites. The photo taken yesterday makes a compelling case the species has reached Stockholm..
 In the meantime I have made a number of enquiries. I am hoping an expert can confirm an id for me. At present I am in the dark as regards to the variability of Essex Skipper and if they can show fulvous tips to the antennae. Watch this space...

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