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Mallow Skipper

Mallow Skipper
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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko Skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-21 15:56
Viewed: 3580
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Distribution: Across Europe except UK and Scandinavia. Replaced in SW Iberian peninsular and some Greek islands by the False Mallow Skipper, C. tripolinus. Altitude: sea level to 2000m.

Identification: Small hyline (transparent) spots on forewing. Dark grey brown on ups. Uns hw with post discal arc of small chevrons, no discal arc, cell spot large and isolated from other markings. Similar species are the False Mallow Skipper, C. tripolinus (these two species are externally inseparable, identification is by the male genitalia) and the Marbled Skippers in the same genus.

Flight time: flies in the warmer months, from April to October in the south, in several broods. Disappears between broods.

Habitat: Lush to very dry grassy places often with flowers and amongst scrub or woodland. Larvae take Malva sylvestris and other plants.

Behaviour: Flies rapidly low over the ground. It shows some signs of territorial behaviour, often patrolling the same corner of a field or stretch of woodland path and disappearing in a whirring battle for a few moments when challenged by other passing skippers or butterflies.

Additional notes: Usually the first skipper I find during the year. Quite variable but it feels different to the similar Marbled Skippers.

Thanks for looking.

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  • Great 
  • heidi (78)
  • [2007-04-21 17:28]

Hello Nikos,
Great macro. The details are very good and I like your compo with the diagonal line and the colours are nice too.

Hello Nicos,
This is a very good picture of this nice specie. I like this perspective, details, exposure and composition. DOF and colors are great too. I feel like I can almost touch it. This is very well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-22 17:58]

Hola Nikos,
bello trabajo y pov,
excelente encuadre y maravillosos detalles,
original foto,

Hello Nikos
Great picture although then picture was make from very hard position. Good colours and sharpness. Thanks


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