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Pyrgus oileus

Pyrgus oileus
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-01-24 5:04
Viewed: 934
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Family: Skippers (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Spread-wing Skippers (Pyrginae)

Identification: Upperside is dark brown with pale markings; male forewing has a mat of long blue-gray hairs; hindwing of both sexes has marginal and submarginal bands made up of equal-sized spots. Underside of hindwing is pale, often with a strong brown overlay; not much contrast between bands and ground color.

Life history: Males perch and patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on the uppersides of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed and live in the shelter of a webbed leaf.

Caterpillar hosts: Several plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including axocatzin (Sida rhombifolia), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea rosea), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and malva loca (Malvastrum).

Adult food: Nectar from flowers of Sidas and small-flowered composites such as shepherd's needles.

Habitat: Open, sunny areas including pastures, brushy fields, wooded trails, thorn-scrub, and roadsides.

Range: Peninsular Florida, the Gulf Coast, and South Texas south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to Argentina.
NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-01-24 10:09]

Hi Luciano
I have seen this species in my country.
Perfect the dof and the dark background, as well as the sharpness.


Ciao Luciano, un po' ci somiglia a quelle nostre, ma questa è in versione abito da sera, gran macro con dettagli strepitosi, bravissimo a non bruciare i bianchi, ciao Silvio

Just beautiful, What DOF!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2018-01-25 8:46]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo in great sharpness and a fantastic DOF with this dark background. Splendid natural colours and an attractive diagonal composition.

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Hespérie tropicale à damier. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hi Luciano,

This is a superb picture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent sharpness and DOF. Fantastic details as well.

Warm Regards,


From a photographers point of view, the contrast really makes this image work. The dark background almost gives it a 3d effect. Nice


Hi Luciano,
Very spectacular shot, with the usual great light management what we always get from you. Nice details / sharpness on the wings, and beautiful high contrast caused by the properly used flashlight. Although there's a little background noise, the shallow DoF you created against the tack sharp butterfly is marvellous. Good work!
Kind regards, László

Hello 👋 Luciano,
Beautiful picture of this 🦋 Skipper
Details and exposure look good. Against dark BG, Skipper looks prominent.
Thanks for showing such beautiful 🦋

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