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|Hesperiidae or 'Skippers'got this name because their habit of skipping quickly from flower to flower while visiting flowers for nectar.|
Compared to other butterflies families, the skippers have a greatly reduced wing surface compared to the size of their bodies. The forewings wings are mostly narrow and long, and this feature, combined with their relatively large thorax with their powerful wing muscles allows them to fly very fast. The forewings of males often have very distinct sex brands and these produce pheromones that are used during courtship. Most skippers fold up wings above their abdomen while at rest.
Skippers do not have the usual club shaped antenna of other butterflies. Instead, their antenna are hooked at the tip and the flattened club is found below it.
The proboscis of skippers are long, and in some species extraordinarily long allowing it to access nectar from flowers with very long corolla tubes - Small Branded Swift Most skippers are nectar lovers and can be seen at flowers of herbaceous plants and shrubs. There is one species in Sri Lanka ( Indian Awl King) that finds bird droppings irresistible and is invariably seen and photographed on them. Many of them also mud-sip.
Skippers spend much of their time resting on leaves of grasses, bushes or a trees, either with their wings fully spread as in the 'Flats' and 'Angles' or held above as in most of the other groups. At other times, they would spread their hind wings wide open but hold the forewings vertical or almost so, resembling a miniature fighter aircraft. In this posture they would bask in the sun for a while before flying away or closing their wings to rest. When they do decide to fly, they do so explosively, and in an instant they are air borne. The flight of the smaller skippers is very fast and it is quite difficult for the human eye to track them while in mid-air. However, they do not a fly far, and after a few seconds in the air, they settle down in the the vicinity. Most species seldom fly high up in the canopy and keep very close to the ground or a few feet off ground, except perhaps during courtship when both the male and female may fly high up into the air.
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Pleasant butterfly capture!
Good point of view, nice framing and beautiful contrasting colours...
Image well composed with superb sharpness and fine details!
Magnifique photo que ce beau papillon.J'aime beaucouo tous les détails et les belles couleurs .
Belle présentation et très beau back ground
Merci et au revoir....JP
- [2006-07-14 5:42]
With this capture of the butterfly sucking from the coctail flower cup you remind many of us that it's high time for a cold drink;)
Very good details and explanation!
- [2006-07-14 6:31]
Good colours, light and POV.
Well done Jitti
Hello Jitti, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect colors, great work, TFS Kyle
Nice shot! It shows the butterfly well. I like POV, but the framing could've been stronger. Shame that the colours aren't very attractive, but you couldn't really do much about that.
- [2006-07-14 12:48]
Excellent picture of this hisperiidae! You got a great pov and did a great composition. The exposure is excellently managed!!! Details are very sharp too! I like to see the tongue going right to the flower! Great job and TFS,
Excelente detalle dela la espiritrompa libando la flor asi como los detalles cefalicos y sus ojos!!!!
Beautiful species with that dark brown! pov and moment great here! Feeding time!
- [2006-07-16 16:26]
Hi Jitti, nice close-up of this skipper. Good lighting and details, also well composed within the frame. Well done my friend and TFS.
- [2006-07-20 7:13]
Nice shot of this Hesperiidae Jitti!
May be a bit darker.
Very good POV!
Good DOF and details!