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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-22 3:18
Viewed: 2239
Points: 52
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. In the North America it is known as the European Skipper.
Thymelicus lineola showing black underside to antennae tips

With a wingspan of 2.5 to 2.9 cm it is very similar in appearance to the Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to look at the tips of the antennae. The Essex skippers are black whereas those of the Small Skipper are orange. This butterfly occurs throughout much of the Palaearctic region. Its range spreads from southern Scandinavia through Europe to North Africa and east to Central Asia It was only identified in the UK in 1889 and its range is expanding both in England and in northern Europe. In North America, this butterfly was accidentally introduced in 1910 via London, Ontario and has spread across southern Canada and to several northern US states.
Life cycle

Eggs are laid in strings on the stems of grasses where they remain over the winter. The favoured foodplant is Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata) and it rarely uses the Small Skipper's favoured foodplant Yorkshire Fog. Other choices include Creeping Soft Grass (Holcus mollis), Couch Grass (Elymus repens), Timothy-grass (Phleum pratense), Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis), False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) and Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum). The caterpillars emerge in the spring and feed until June before forming shelters from leaves tied with silk at the base of the foodplant to pupate. The adult flies from July to August. Like most skippers, they are fairly strictly diurnal, though individuals are very rarely encountered during the night (Fullard & Napoleone 2001).

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Bonjour Marius,
Superbe composition aux couleurs naturelles.
Un régal pour les yeux.

Ciao Marius, lovely skipper on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid light, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-22 4:16]

Hello Marius.
Perfect composition of this beautiful capture, the lighting is well balance and gave you the perfect opportunity. I love that green background.Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-22 4:44]

Hi Marius,
This is an excellent capture of this nice butterfly.
Very nice colours with excellent details. Too excellent background.
(I have similar in my collection)
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-22 5:09]

Lovely skipper and fine image, beautiful capture of colors with fine composition. tfs.

A beauty! The lovely, green, out of focus background, focus, exposure, soft light and point of view are all excellent and the depth of field has captured virtually all the butterfly in focus, including the all-important eye and head. Superb! Have a nice weekend...

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2011-10-22 5:28]

Hello Marius,
a real macro! The presentation of the skipper is impressive.
You present us a fine art-work.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Marius,
A wonderful image of this Skipper. A super presentation, like always, big, very sharp and clear. All of your butterflies are excellant. Have a great weekend.

Buna Marius
O poza minunata!Compozitie,detalii,culori si contrastul excelenta.
Un weekend placut!

Buna Marius,
O noua captura exceptionala...de revista. Detalii, culori, claritate, POV, fundal, compozitie, toate de 10. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-22 8:26]

This image is wonderful, Marius!!
Fantastic sharpness, detail and light. Splendid colours and perfect contrast with background. Great quality!

ello marius.
Wonderfull detalis. Very good picture. you make good science. Thanks for this beautiful share.
Have a good weekend.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-22 9:16]

Hi Marius!
Another beauty :) The capture is excellent, with perfect sharpness and superb details.
Very well done: congratulations.
Have a nice WE. Ciao!

hello Marius
this is a super good picture
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Magnífica ! y de una gran elegancia.
Buena luz y combinación de colores con el fondo. Excelente enfoque.
Saludos Marius: J. Ignasi.

Perfectly detailed photo, excellent even light and background. A very nice composition. regards yiannis

Ciao Marius.
Una grande nitidezza che mostrs tutti i dettagli di questa stupenda farfalla. Bellissimi i colori,ottima scelta dello sfondo come della composizione conplimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-22 13:19]

Hello Marius,
Superb macro shot of this beautiful skipper with excellent sharpness and great colours.Fine details and nice composition...
Have a nice day!...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-22 15:20]

Hi Marius,fantastic macro,what a details and colors,impossible to make better,the eye is like a black diamond! 2 points are not enough..ehehe....Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Marius,

Excellent picture of this skipper with great sharpness & taken from a good POV against the stunning green BG.
Well done & TFS.

Another fantastic photo Marius! The composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness for one more time are excellent.

Hi Marius,
beautiful photo. Great sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-23 5:00]

Hello Marius,
Very pleasant Skipper-picture! Not so easy with this kind of not very spectacular creatures. Perfect color-combination and an excellent sharpness as usual. Simple and great!
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-10-23 9:55]

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful capture of the Essex Skipper showing clear details in beautiful natural colours. A fine composition too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

great selective focus, very nice picture, congratulations for this shot MArius !

have a good day !

ciao, tino

Hello Marius,
another Impressive photo! The composition is excellent, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is spectacular.

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