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    Smile Skipper ID request

    Dear Dr Seow,

    Below are a couple of skippers that i have collated that i require more help with ID with, also welcoming any help i can receive as well! I am still inexperience in Identifying skippers, which i hope i am able to learn much more about them as i slowly learn to check out identification features.

    Skipper 1 - skipper 1.jpg

    Skipper 2 - skipper 2.jpg
    I believe it to be a caltoris/baoris species? This was shot in mandai

    Skipper 3 - skipper 3.jpg
    I believe it to be also a caltoris/baoris species? Also shot in the same area as skipper 2, but appears to have mild differences

    Skipper 4 - skipper 4.jpg
    This flew into a housing area in mandai in the late night of about 9pm, which I believe this to be E. torus or E. thrax, but i still cant quite tell how to observe the shape of the termen in the wings itself.

    Skipper 5 - skipper 5.jpg
    This is the same specimen as skipper 4, which i hope helps if its a alternate angle should skipper 4 isnt sufficient

    skipper 6 - skipper 6.jpg
    This was observe in woodlands of Singapore nearby a area block for construction, i once again decide this is a E. thrax or E.torus as well

    Skipper 7 - skipper 7.jpg
    same specimen as skipper 6, but i decided a backup view would be sufficient

    skipper 8 - skipper 8.jpg
    this is found in the same woodlands area, but a different specimen on a different day

    skipper 9 - skipper 9.jpg
    i think this is a telicota species?

    skipper 10 - skipper 10.jpg
    i believe this is a caltoris/baoris species once again, observe at upper seletar reservoir

    Regards
    Zicky
    Zick Soh

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    1. Probably Potanthus serina.

    Unfortunately the FW spot 4 is hidden as well as the abdominal end.
    HW band have a vague tiny spot 6.
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rzo8wjfyCs...S_adult_01.jpg

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    2. Probably Caltoris bromus male.

    Caltoris bromus.
    Uniform dark browm
    Typically spots large white, subapical often two ;Upper celspot prominent.
    Prominent pale area on antenna.
    Males.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...9155/large.jpg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...587/large.jpeg

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    3. Baoris oceia.male.
    Antennae blackish; FW swept & long.
    Tiny spots, blackish appearance.
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...ryPvs&usqp=CAU

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    4. Male Erionota thrax.

    5. Female Erinota thrax Note smaller white part of antennal club.

    FW have a narrower shape.
    HW patch margin regular, nnt notched.
    Male & female.
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...I0Idw&usqp=CAU
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...tI3pQ&usqp=CAU

    6. 7 Female Erionota torus.
    8. Male Erionota torus.
    FW rather broad; margin convex.
    HW patch with a couple of broad notches.

    Male & Female.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/si...a11828-1_0.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...0879-Copy5.jpg

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    8. Male probably Telicota besta.
    Some vein darkening; FW spots 4 & 5 equal.
    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...AzP-Q&usqp=CAU



    9. Caltoris philippina male.
    Antennae blackish; FW sharp, lower half excavated (incurved.)
    Worn but with coarse scalings of pale ochreous scales.
    https://i860.photobucket.com/albums/...atPM115328.png





    TL Seow: Cheers.

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    Dear Doctor Seow,

    Continuing my journey learning how to ID skipper, and i require some assistance on the following skippers, all which are taken in Singapore this year

    Skipper 1 - which Caltoris species is this? Is there any comparison picture to tell apart the various caltoris species, as i find it a bit hard to get the proper terms on specific dots on the wings to see the differences
    Skipper 1.jpg

    Skipper 2-Another caltoris species?
    skipper 9.jpg

    Skipper 3 -Another Caltoris species?
    Skipper 4.jpg

    skipper 4-is this a Potanthus omaha(Lesser Dart)?
    Skipper 2.jpg

    Skipper 5-Is this also a lesser dart as well?
    skipper 3.jpg

    Skipper 6 - Another lesser Dart?
    skipper 6.jpg

    Skipper 7
    skipper 7.jpg

    Skipper 8-quite a tiny dart, about only a thumbnail length
    skipper 8.jpg

    Skipper 9-Is this a small branded swift, Pelopidas mathias
    Skipper 5.jpg

    With regards
    Zick
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    Post 7. 1 Baoris oceia female.

    Baoris oceia; antennae blackish.
    Large species ;HW vrins usually raised Often a pale area at cellend.
    Abdomen odscurely banded.
    Male & female.
    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hLOHSi2j5...hSwift-KSK.jpg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...9442/large.jpg

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    Post 7.

    2. Caltoris cormasa

    Caltoris more compact shape.

    Three species with prominent pale area on the antenna.


    1. Caltoris cormasa; FW subapical spots often three, small, yellowish. Upper cellspot absent or small.
    HW darker, strong red tone.
    https://static.inaturalist.org/photo...326/large.jpeg


    2. Caltoris bromus ;FW spots whitish.
    Subapical often large; upper cellspot prominent.
    Underside uniform dark brown with ochreous overlay.
    Female may have 1- 2 white on HW space 2 & 3.
    Males
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...9155/large.jpg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...587/large.jpeg
    Female ;Note single white HW spot in space 3.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...080/large.jpeg
    Female with HW spot 2 & 3.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...513/large.jpeg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...504/large.jpeg


    3. Caltoris cahira; Similar to C. bromus.
    FW upper cellspot prominent.
    HW shaed dark chocolate, of variable intensity.
    Male.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...657/large.jpeg
    Females.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...3281/large.jpg
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7l1dr3n_gK...ris+bromus.jpg




    Two species have largely blackish antennae.

    4. Caltoris malaya. pale antennal area may be vaguely present.
    FW subapical two upper one very small.
    FW cellspot typically absent, but there are example with two small cellspot.
    Male rusty -brown; female ochreous brown.
    Males.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...683/large.jpeg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...313/large.jpeg
    Female
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...0812/large.jpg
    Female with FW cellspot.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...5197/large.jpg


    C. philippina;
    Always without cellspot.
    Sharp FWs, lower margin excavate (incurved).
    Coarse greenish ochreous scalings.
    Male & female.
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...6740/large.jpg
    https://inaturalist-open-data.s3.ama...9756/large.jpg
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    Post 7.
    3. Polytremis lubricans male

    HW coarsely scaled FW spots distinctly yellow. upper cellspot often triangular.
    Male & female.
    https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca88...GF_U-AF5uECWxY
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0cUzxS0FpT...us%2BSwift.jpg

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