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Tailed Skipper

Tailed Skipper
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-24 10:38
Viewed: 3494
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Urbanus species, probably teleus, Hubner, 1821.

Here is a long-tailed Skipper from Alambi, a small riverside settlement at 1,600m elevation west of Quito.

It is from the genus Urbanus and is probably the species teleus, although I am not 100% sure of this ID. If anyone knows for sure, I'd be pleased to hear. We have few such Skippers on TN and certainly no previous image of this species. So I hope you enjoy it.

Sadly this individual has lost part of his right 'tail', probably from a bird attack.

The picture was taken hand held with fill-in flash firing.

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Ciao Alan, lovely skipper with long tail, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-24 13:32]

Hi Alan,a beautiful specie taken very very well,impressive sharpness,colors and POV!I wish you all the best for Christmas and thanks for share,Luciano.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-24 23:09]

Hi Alan,
Beautiful species of skipper.
I am not an expert as you know but while searching for some ID I came across the site: www.learnaboutbutterflies.com, under Butterflies of Amazon & Andes (page 4) I found similar species, Urbanus teleus, Please check the site which is interesting. It almost looks same but dark in color, may be here the color is bright because of the flash. tfs.

Hi Alan,

an nice presentation from an butterfly I have never been seen.
Good pov and sharpness.
The bg are a little to busy but sometimes you cannoot help it.
Fine clarity colors.


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