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Thymelicus sylvestris

Thymelicus sylvestris
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, Schmetterlinge,Butterflies in Buerchen, VS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-17 7:39
Viewed: 3535
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
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Small Skipper
Ochergelber Braundickkopffalter
Hespérie de la houque

This small and very fast Skipper is quite common in the alpine region and can be found all over Europe and N'Africa. It lives close to wood areas or in high grass, mostly at sunny places.
Foodplants are Holcus species (H. lanatus, H. mollis).
The female is very picky what concerns the place where to lay her eggs. It is not seldom that the females examine the plant 10-15 min before they decide to lay their eggs.
The butterfly on the picture is perched on a Dianthus carthusaniorum.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-17 7:43]

Hi Anne,
Great capture...sharp, colors is very natural, goos BG. Congratulation!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-17 7:43]

Hi Anne,
Very good macro ...
A wonderful butterfly with glorious lighting and accurate sharpnes.
Nice colors and a beautiful violet flower.
Nice blurred background
Best wishes,

Hello Anne,

Simply prefect capture!

Wonderful control on sharpness, nice POV and amazing details. The colors of the skipper are amazing. Great facial feature details, especially the eyes. In addition, nice background colors and well positioning of the insect.

Have a nice weekend.

Thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hairy Small Skipper on a pink flower; your compositions are sheer work of art, Anne.
Thanks for giving the opprtunity to admire it.

Ciao Anne, beautiful composition with lovely skipper on a wonderful flower, great natural colors, splendid blurry BG, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-17 8:12]

Hello Anne.
Unusual view with two legs in the air.
Nice POV, BG, composition.
Well done.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-17 9:51]

Slav Anne,
A wonderful close up of this Small Skipper on the beuaitful pink flower,excellent sharpness and details,nice colors and bulurry background.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Anne,

An excellent capture with fine details of hair/fuzz/cilia, beautiful colors & sharpness. Well done & TFS.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-17 10:06]

Hola Anne.
Very sharp Macro. Lovely pose and beautiful color of the flower. First class.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-17 10:27]

what a cute brown butterfly! :-) wonderful capture and composition with it on the pretty purple flower.
sharpness and details are really great, love the fuzzy "hair" on the body and wings. well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-07-17 10:27]

hi anne,
nice picture of this skipper.
good composition. the purple flower adds good contrast to the picture

hello anne
great composition with beautiful colours
and great sharpness
greeting lou

Hi Anne,

A beatiful toy Skipper!

I like the angle of this capture. I believe you've made very good balance of light. The contrast of the flower, insect, and that perfectly blurred background, delivered the whole lot of depth.

It is a beautiful work. TFS!


Bonjour Anne,
Welcome Back! What a beautiful capture of this flower and Skipper! The detail is absolute as each hair is plainly seen and with great detail. The colors are alive and vibrant, and the crop perfect.
A great capture from your Eyes...
Have A Great Weekend...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-17 11:39]

Hi Anne. This must be one of the best Small Skipper close up picture i have seen this year on TN. Ok the wings are closed but we can see all of the detail. with natural colours. The beautiful pink Dianthus just slightly OOf which helps to show the butterfly of to its best. All against the OOF BG. I am going to put this into my favorites list. Very well done tFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Gran nitidez y buen aprovechamiento de la luz Anne.
Realismo y elegancia del conjunto por el preciso enfoque y los colores en su ponto: excelente.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-17 13:42]

Hello Anne,
Your Small Skipper is perfect, splendid composition.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Anne,
anche la tua splendida macro mi ricorda i prati montani, dove queste piccole e infaticabili farfalle girano di fiore in fiore, ma la tua immagine mostra dei dettagli straordinari che certamente sfuggono a qualsiasi occhio umano, la composizione "essenziale" è bellissima.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine settimana.
Con amicizia

I can understand teh addition to someones fav's. this one is classic Anne. It has all of the required "things" technical and beyond that it is pure art as are many of yours...I am duly impressed.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-17 22:23]

Hello Anne,
This is so beautiful showing the pretty Small Skipper on a pink Dianthus. Excellent sharpness and very beautiful colours against a fine soft background. This Skipper is very plain but of all Skippers I think I like it the best!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Anne,
Excellent study of the Small Skipper. I like very much the plain background, which sets off the sharp butterfly to very good effect. TFS.

Hi Anne,
A nice capture of this beautiful small skipper. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-18 1:38]

Hola Anne.
perfecto trabajo amiga,
interesante encuadre y detalles,
sobresaliente macro.

An excellent shot, Anne...
The BG is lovely, and brings out the details so well...

Bonjour Anne,
Belle photo avec superbe netteté du sujet, le jeu des couleurs est aussi très agréable
Bon W-E

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-18 13:45]

Hallo Anne !

Schönes Makro!
Wie schon gewohnt, sehr gut gemacht und gespielt.
Schönes Wochenende,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-19 1:38]

Salut Anne,sans le soleil c'est un devoir encore plus difficile....et tu as fait vraiment une photo fantastique,sois pour la nettete',sois pour les couleurs! Tres belle composition aussi! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Hello Anne,

Fantastic macro.
Natural colours with excellent details.
Light,focus and definition are superb.
Good note.

Bonjour Anne.

Merci de nous offrir cette splendide photographie d'un papillon sur sa fleur.

Très belle composition en deux lignes montantes convergentes sur la tête de l'insecte, ce qui donne beaucoup de vie au cliché. Le papillon, posé sur la fleur, semble suspendu en l'air. Bravo pour la netteté et le rendu du velouté des ailes.

A bientôt.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-19 11:06]

Hallo Anne,
das ist ein wunderschöner und interessanter Ochergelber Braundickkopffalter,
die Flügelform und Kopfbereiche sind erstklassig gezeigt.
Vielen Dank für diese Schönheit.
Schöne Grüße Siggi

remarkable quality in this macro Anne,
I like the composition and soft tone,
but effective in the result

compliments and thanks sERGIO

bonjour Anne
superbe photo de cette Hespérie de la Houque aux grands yeux bruns, belle composition
j'adore sa pose sur la fleur mauve, les très beaux details, le fond flou qui met le papilon en valeuret la très belle profondeur de champs
Passe une bonne nuit

hello Anne
exceptional capture, technically irreproachable,very beautiful photo

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-20 5:11]

Bonjour Anne
Superbe macro.Excellent detail et image bien en focus.Les couleurs sont jolies ainsi que l'arrire plan hors focus.
Merci Michel

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