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Pelopidas mathias

Pelopidas mathias
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-02 1:38
Viewed: 1345
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Skippers are not easy to identify. This one I shot some days ago looks like a Rice Swift that goes by many other names too. If my identification is incorrect, please rectify me.

Pelopidas mathias, commonly known as the Dark Small-branded Swift, Small Branded Swift, Lesser Millet Skipper or Black Branded Swift, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. It is found throughout much of Southeast and East Asia, and as far as the Philippines. It is also present in Tropical Africa and Arabia.


Male. Upperside olive brown : forewing with two small yellowish semi-transparent spots within end of cell, three before the apex, and in the male three oblique discal spots followed by a dark-bordered slender straight impressed glandular streak : hindwing with one or two very indistinct pale discal spots. Female with five discal spots in the forewing, and four or five in the hindwing. Underside paler ; markings more distinct ; hindwing also with a spot at upper end of the cell. Expanse 1.6 inch." (Moore)


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I like the soft light and the difference between the muted butterfly and the very bright flower. Nice composition and excellent sharpness.

Hello Ram,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and very sharp details. Excellent natural colors and perfect focus. Very nice capture....
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ram

It is realy a painting, excellent clarity, fantastic composition, excellent sharpness, fine details, very very beautiful natural colors, very nice BG color. Pelopidas is an ancient greek warrior. Thanks for sharing.



A lovely skipper.
Beautifully focused!!! There is a tiny insect on the flower ... left of the butterfly.
Great educative notes.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-02 8:34]

Hello Ram,
A wonderful presentation of this skipper. Sharpness and details are superb and the colours are clear, natural and beautiful. Taken from the best POV in an attractive composition.

hallo Ram
this is a beauty of a picture
good details and beautiful colours
i like the white spots on the wing
gr lou

Hi Ram,
A very good photo. I know how difficult it is to capture them as they hardly sit still for a second. Well done!

Ciao Ram, lovely composition with nice skipper on beautiful flower, great macro, fine details, excellent sharpnes, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

a superb execution of this macro shot with fantastic precision and elegance Mr.Thakur !
George Veltchev

Hello Ram,
In addition to the beautiful colours and excellent composition, the subtle lighting is a real delight to behold. Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-02 15:27]

Hi Ram,magnificent capture of this rare skipper,i like a lot this family beacuse is one of the most photgenic of the insects world,great capture with perfect detail and colors as usual,i like it! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

hello Ram,
this is a really fine clos-up picture with good sharpness and nice natural colours.
I also like the fine POV and that the insect is well seen against the nice blurry BG.
Well dony, my friend.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-03 10:45]

This is a super beautiful picture of this great combination between the Skipper and the flower plus the perfect background and composition. Yes I like it. Congratulation and thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

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