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Butterfly #21/2 (Potanthus)

Butterfly #21/2 (Potanthus)
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Thailand #1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 9:37
Viewed: 3286
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Genus: Potanthus
Skipper in this genus is very difficult to identify, just from picture, at species level .

A link to Butterfly21 Here

A brief information about Skipper from Wikipedia:

Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Hesperioidea
Family: Hesperiidae (Skipper)
Subfamily: Hesperiinae (Grass Skipper)
Genus: Potanthus

The Skippers are a group of insects in the order Lepidoptera. The skippers are usually counted as butterflies, but they are somewhat intermediate between the rest of the butterflies and the remaining Lepidoptera, the moths.

Skippers and are classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea, which includes only one family, the Hesperiidae. They differ in several important ways from the remaining butterflies, which are classified in superfamily Papilionoidea.

Skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward, have stocky bodies, and possess stronger wing muscles and better eyes. Nonetheless, the two superfamilies are regarded as sister taxa, so the butterflies collectively form a true clade. In fact, some taxonomists place the family Hesperiidae within the superfamily Papilionoidea.

There are about 3400 species of Skippers. They are usually classified in the following subfamilies:
•Awls, Awlets and Policemen (Subfamily Coeliadinae, about 75 species)
•Firetips (Subfamily Pyrrhopyginae, about 150 species)
•Spread-wing Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae, about 1000 species)
•Skipperlings (Subfamily Heteropterinae, about 150 species)
•Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae, over 2000 species)
•Australian Skippers (Subfamily Trapezitinae, about 60 species)

Some authorities treat the Giant Skippers as a separate family, the Megathymidae, but more modern classifications place them within the subfamily Hesperiinae in the family Hesperiidae.

Many species of skippers look frustratingly alike. For example, some species in the genera Erynnis, Hesperia, and Amblyscirtes cannot currently be distinguished in the field by experts, the only reliable method of telling them apart involving dissection and examination of the genitalia.

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Dear Jitti!
Very nice macro! I like the POV, DOF, mosaic of colours on butterfly's wings, and shadow on the leaf! Moreover it seems that this specimen started to think "where to fly" ;)
Another interesting thing is a very informative and useful note!
Best withes,

hi jitti,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely colours,
excellent details captured,
tfs & regards

Through perfect utilization of the angle of light, you have succeeded in giving a three-dimesional outlook to the subject in this picture, JC. I marvel at your great skill here and congratulate you for doing a wonderful job.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-22 10:40]

Hello Jitti,
I'm Afraid I can only confirm the genus: this is definitely a Potanthus species, but there are so many similar that my books can't help me decide which species, which is a shame because this shot is excellent in every way and deserves at least an ID confirmation.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Jitti.
I like the color and natural light I see the most. Well composed, with great detail, POV & DOF.
Very well done.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-01-22 12:11]

Hello Jitti,
irrespective whether the species identification is correct or not, one has to say that you show an outstanding macro of this skipper. Colours, focus, sharpness, composition ... everything is perfect.
With respect to identification, I also think that it is P. pseudomaesa. Knowledge of the hindwing underside pattern would help in confirmation.
Best wishes, Peter

Good sharpness, Jitti.
Compo is well done too.

Hi Jitti, wonderful butterfly with splendid light and colors, lovely details and great sharpness, I don't know the specie, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-22 12:58]

Gorgeous shot! great colours and pin sharp details. Nice POV and excellent DOF

Well done


Hi, Jitti.
Great macro with good composition. Very nice light. Excellent exposure, sharpness and details. Lovely colors and nice BG.

Hi Jitti,
This is a very good and clear shot of this butterfly.
I like the way light illuminates it, the shadow projected and the sharp details got.
A very good composition also.
Congratulations, thanks for share and kind regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-22 18:36]

Hi Jitti,
This is a high-quality capture! Wonderful details, light, bg and pose.
Best regards, José M.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-23 1:10]

Hello Jitti,
Excellent macro shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

Hi Jitti,
Excellent shot!
Great sharpness, great details, and very neat image.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jitti,
This is a very detailed macro! I like this great lightning, pose of the insect, POV and composition. Exposure is very good too and I also like its nice environment. This is a sharp and well done picture! TFS,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-23 8:23]

Hello Jitti!
I saw this when you first posted it but then "lost" it! This is really one of the best Skipper shots I've seen, so sharp, all in focus and lovely colours. The light is fantastic. It's a very beautiful species with large patterns on the wings. Brilliant composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 9:05]

Nice macro JC with very good lighting and cute shade.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, background, DOF, focus, sharpness, colors, lighting, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Be careful with the loss of quality in the processed of the image... this only it has 85Kb against the 200Kb. allowed in TN.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-23 10:43]

Just wonderful!! What a perfect shot so sharp and clean! I love the POV and composition with the shadow of the little skipper just in front over the leaf.
Excellent job, id and information included.
My compliments, Jitti.
Best wishes

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-23 10:46]

Hello Jitti,
Beautiful macro.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,lighting and composition also a lot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-23 11:18]

Hi Jitti.
What an extraordinary quality of shared close-up. Excellent POV and staggering sharpness and details of the insect (also the surface of the leaf). Sunlight and shadow are very expressive as well as the beautiful very pleasant to eye BG. My congratulations and TFS. Great work.

Bonjour Jetti
C'est un super beau papillon , les couleurs et les détails sont trčs réussis. Le BG est trčs joli ainsi que la belle composition.
Bravo et merci....JP

Hola Jitti,
Bella composición con una luz y nitidez extraordinarias, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-23 13:57]

Hi Jitti!
Your moth is just tremendous! Excellent light givs great detail of the "monster"!

Hello jitti !
Great picture of a beautiful butterfly - I love its warm colors and its markings on the wings. Sharpness and details are perfect, beautiful composition and POV, nice blurred BG, splendid colors, fantastic pose of the butterfly. Very well done !

Hello Jitti,
A very beautiful little skipper and in addition to that perfectly I am photographed, likes much the resistance, clearness and good profundiad focal that you obtained. Very pretty composition. Congratulations!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-29 10:03]

Hello Jitti,
great clos up, the details and the sharpness are excellent. I love the DOF, the entire flyer is in perfect focus. Very nice work on the BG the neutral colors show of this flyer so well.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-30 12:24]

Hello Jitti,
What a smart and beautiful photo for this lovely butterfly.
The "+++" : subject, pose, composition, point of view, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, vivid colors, light & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hello Jitti,
this is an excellent portrait of a skipper in its typical resting pose. Excellent details, perfect point of view to make both sides of wings visible, perfect depth of field to cover all the details of the skipper, beautiful light to highlight the shapes of wings, body, and leaf, and to cast a funny looking shade in front of the insect.
Very lively, well composed high quality shot.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-06 21:13]

Hi JC, this is a good picture of the moth, nice and sharp and very good clarity. TFS

Ciao Jitti. Oustanding1! Perfect DOF stunning details and excellent sharp. The best colours.


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