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...