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Ochlodes sylvanus

Ochlodes sylvanus
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-05 10:38
Viewed: 1174
Points: 12
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Hesperiidae

Genus: Ochlodes

Species: O. sylvanus

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. This 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. Eggs 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.

Dimensioni: 28-30 mm. Descrizione: farfalla di colore bruno-arancio vivace. La femmina è caratterizzata da una colorazione delle ali più scura con macchie gialle quadrangolari, mentre, il maschio è riconoscibile per una striatura ,sul dorso delle ali anteriori, detta linea androconiale. Il rovescio delle ali, in ambo i sessi, è chiaro con leggere sfumature verdognole. Tipica la posizione di riposo con le ali anteriori sollevate ad angolo. Le antenne terminano con un uncino. Può essere confusa con Hesperia comma ma quest’ultima presenta macchie argentee sul rovescio delle ali posteriori. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa nell’Italia continentale e Sicilia. Frequenta svariati ambienti dalla pianura, dove è più comune, fino a 2000 metri in montagna (in quota è spesso più piccola e scura). Periodo di attività: gli adulti volano tra maggio e settembre.

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Hello Roberto,
Thanks for visiting my gallery,
Another superb capture with pin sharp details and exceptional clarity. Brilliant in all aspects...The exposure is perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Mr.Roberto,
Brilliant close-up details of this Skipper.Almost same species I have seen in our yard.Very good light and marking of colour.Like its POV and its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Roberto, gran bella piccoletta, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-05-05 16:28]

Ciao Roby,un classico delle nostre parti ma da un POV differente,risultato ottimo,non era facile mantenere cosi' nitido il tutto,piu' semplice la vista laterale..ehhee...buona giornata,Luciano

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2014-05-06 13:09]

Ciao Roberto,
Awesome details and light ! So appealing bright colors ! Lovely work ! TFS Tina

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-05-09 11:32]

Hi Roberto! Great, great macro, I also like the pose. Congratulation. Saludos.

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