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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 15:19
Viewed: 2641
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
It has a rusty orange colour to the wings, upper body and the tips of the antennae. The body is silvery white below and it has a wingspan of 25 -30 mm. This butterfly is very similar in appearance to the Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola. In the Small Skipper, the undersides of the tips of the anntenae are yellow orange, whereas they are black in the Essex Skipper. The black area on the lower edge of the upper wings also differs. Like the other orange 'grass skippers' the male has a distinctive black stripe made up of scent scales. This butterfly's range includes southern Britain, much of Europe, north Africa and the Middle East, typically occurring where grass has grown tall.

Eggs are laid loosely inside grass sheathes of the caterpillars foodplants from July to August. The newly hatched caterpillars eat their own eggshell before entering hibernation individually in a protective cocoon of a grass sheath sealed with silk. In the spring the caterpiller begins feeding. The favoured food plant is Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus, although other recorded foodplants include Timothy Phleum pratense, Creeping Soft Grass Holcus mollis, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Meadow Foxtail Alopecurus pratensis and Cock's foot Dactylis glomerata. The caterpillars pupate near the base of the foodplant in June with the first adults on the wing at the end of June, a week or two before the first Essex Skippers.They are strongly attracted to purple flowers such as Thistles and Knapweeds

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-23 15:45]

great colors nice focus good DOF nice pose, very interesting eye on the insect

Foarte fain animalul iar fotografia este de-a dreptul minunata.
Numai bine si iti multumesc ca imi oferi ocazia sa vad aceste animale.

Hi Mirkea,
this skipper is so cute and sitting there like at the top of the world, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-06-23 21:41]

Nice macro Mircea.
Colors, color contrast, BG and details are wonderful.
Sharpness and exposure are excellent, but the butterfly is a little to much centered in the frame imho.
Would have been nicer with a small crop of the right side.
Kind regards and have a nice sunday, Harry

hi mircea,
very good shot of the skipper, well composed shot with nice pov, loved the dark bg & the contrast between the object & the bg, well saturated colours, sharp image with very good details,
tfs & regards

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-23 23:00]

Excellent detail and clarity - the background supports the image very well! Kudos!

Hi Mircea,
Very well seen and composed photo. I was trying to get a photo of one of these the other day but just couldn't get the thing to sit still. You have done a great job, its sharp and the colours vibrant.

Hi Mircea!
Beautiful shot, with excellent composition, beautiful colours and well blurred BG that gives emphasis to the subject.
TFS - Roma

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