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Large Skipper

Large Skipper
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-12 12:20
Viewed: 1723
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family, which occurs throughout Europe. It was long known as Ochlodes venata, but this is a Far Eastern relative. There is still some dispute whether this species should be considered a distinct species or included in O. venata as a subspecies.
Appearance, behaviour and distributionThis butterfly's range extends throughout Europe to northern Asia, China and Japan. In the British Isles it occurs in England, Wales, and south western Scotland. Although called 'Large' this is still a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the Small or Essex Skippers. The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside help to distinguish the Large Skipper from these two orange Skippers. It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites. An active little butterfly in sunny weather it is attracted to various flowers but has a distinct liking for Bramble flowers
Life Cycle and foodplantsEggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and hatch after about two weeks. They are normally laid on Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata but they will occasionally use Purple Moor-grass Molinia caerulea, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Tor-grass B. pinnatum and Wood Small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos. On hatching the larvae construct a shelter in the usual skipper method of curling a leaf up with silk and begins to feed. It hibernates as a half-grown caterpillar and emerges in the spring to continue feeding and growing. The caterpillar has a large blackish-brown head with a dark line down its back and a yellow stripe along each side. Pupation lasts about three weeks during May and June and the adults are present from June to August. It is the first of the 'grass skippers' to emerge in the UK. In northern Europe the butterflies have a single brood, but in the south they may have up to three broods.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Siggi,
What a fabulous image!! Beautiful colours and definition, and with no shortage of DOF. A real pleasure to view. Well done my friend.

Hello Siggi,
Excerllent sharpness and very fiene, nice colorful details on this photo of the Large Skipper,great composition in natural colors, TFS!

Ciao Siegfried. Lovely compo and good colours in so difficult light. Bit tender sharp.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-12 14:12]

Hi Siggi,excellent capture from the high of this nice skipper,i like the details of the big fur and the very good sharpness and colors as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siegfried,
very nice picture of this skipper with splendid sharpness and colour.
best wishes.

Hello Siggi
Nice photo with excellent composition and good sharpness.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-04-12 22:32]

interesting closeup. good lighting and sharpness. nice clarity. tfs.

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo of this Ochlodes sylvanus,great sharp details,very fine colors and compozition.
Have a nice weekend!

Siggi you do it every time! Well done! Pure perfection with an interesting note to boot! :0) TFS!

Hello Siggi,
fine capture of this little butterfly with good sharpness and beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-13 5:51]

Lovely species, fine viewpoint and placement, the greens are looking great giving some good contrast too. tfs.

Hi Siggi,
despite the tight crop the composition is nice with the diagonal. The skipper is decent sharp and maybe a tad dark but thats a minor, the colours are nice and fine.
Nice DOF the insect is well separated from the blurry BG.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend

Nice picture of a Large Skipper, Siegfried.
The leaf it is perched on adds value to the composition.
My little nit is that the cropping is a bit tight at the rear side.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Siggi,
A Beautiful capture with perfect placement. I like the contradicting colours of the object and the BG. Good sharpness and detail with a shallow DOF. Nice work.
Best regards,

Hello Siegfried
Great capture of this small butterfly, great details, soft light and natural colors. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

hello Siegfried
super good sharpness picture with good details of this Skipper
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-13 8:18]

Hello Siggi,
Very nice photo of this Large Skipper in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Good DOF, but most of all I like the fine diagonal composition.
Enjoy your weekend,

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely skipper, wonderful bright colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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