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Large Skipper

Large Skipper
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-400, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-06 3:34
Viewed: 3063
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A big thanks to Ulla, Vinny, Gert and Paul for helping to identify this butterfly :-)

Here's some facts on butterflies:

1. Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.

2. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

3. Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterpillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.

4. The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!

5. Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.

6. Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.

7. Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

8. Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.

9. There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.

10. The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months.

11. Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them. It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.

12. The caterpillars of some Snout Moths (Pyralididae) live in or on water-plants.

13. The females of some moth species lack wings, all they can do to move is crawl.

14. The Morgan's Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12 inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.

15. Some moths never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.

16. Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not.

17. There are more types of insects in one tropical rain forest tree than there are in the entire state of Vermont.

18. In 1958 Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible. The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are: Locust: 24, Moth: 11, Grasshopper: 10, Scorpion: 10, Caterpillar: 9, and Bee: 4.

19. Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.

Taken with my Sigma 180mm and a 1.4x converter, flash was done by my Canon 430EX Speedlite flashgun and an Omni-bounce flash diffuser.

Thanks for looking!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-06 3:44]

Hello Joe,
The pose, POV and composition in this photo is amazing. Sharpness and details are excellent; light and colours perfect. The OOF BG and DOF are very beautiful. Another high quality photo!
Sorry, I can't help with the ID.

Hi Joe

I'm not absolutely 100%, but I think it is Large Skipper - the two spots on the ends of the wings are the same orangey colour as the rest of the wing. On the Silver-spotted they tend to be a little paler. A shot of the underside would be the easiest way to confirm it.

BTW excellent shot with good detail of both butterfly and flower, and very well lit.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-06 4:13]

Hello Joe!
Wonderful macro.Vivid colors,POV,details and composition are perfect.Best regards

Hi Joe

Great shot of your Large Skipper, and well done getting it on a flower. It's so hard to get Australian butterflies on a flower, especially a native flower.
Good sharpness and comosition.


Hello Joe,

This is nice picture and great note about butterflies. Thanks for sharing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-06 5:22]
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Hello Joe,
Excellent close capture of this Skipper (Large I'd guess!) Wonderful light and colours and very clear details. A lovely Thistle and a fine contrasting background too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,

Very good close-up of this beautiful butterfly. Good composition and POV, very good lighting technique, sharp details and bright natural colours.




If that is a large Skipper then I wonder if that is bull thistle which is also larger than standard/common thistle? fine close in ID. The insect has that sleek almost fighter jet appearance I have come to see in the Skipper.

Hi Joe,
i'm not here that often this but I saw this beauty when I stepped in.
It looks like a large skipper and you have captured very skilful. The sharpness and exposure are spot on and you have
balanced the flash with the natural light very well.
The DOF are also very good, almost the whole main subject is in focus and the BG in nice OOF. Lovely colours and a fine composition too.
Great work, my young friend.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-06 8:38]
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Hi Joe. Have you had the rain as well today. The sharp ness in this close up is first class , with fine detail and rich colours. we can see all the hairs on the body. a good top POV. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-06 9:45]

Hi Joe,

A beautiful butterfly on the lovely Thistle. Your usual excellence in macro work. Colors are wonderful, details are superb, composition is lovely.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-06 9:56]

Hola Joe,
precioso trabajo y pov,
tonos y color,
buen foco...

Hello Joe
I have just a gander at my Book and I would go with a large Skipper..But I am renowned at being wrong in my ID's so take that with a pinch of salt!!
What I can tell you in all honesty it is an absolutely superb capture...Its spot on in every aspect.
The hat I ate was a little bland..I think maybe it needed a little olive oil based dressing to lubricate the swallowing!!
As for Hats I know have to present to you a Crown...You are the Macro King in my reckoning!!
A good week ahead to you Joe

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-06 14:24]

Hi Joe,it's very hard to know the exact name,there are many species same!!I'm was crazy the last month because i had the same problem,my pic is in 2nd page of my gallery..just my best compliments fot he wonderfull quality,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Joe:) great shot of this beautiful butterly.
Perfectfly focused and composed with a wonderful lighting
TFS. Have a nice new week OwlMan:-)


Hello Joe
This is great macro shot both of Skipper and composit flower. Great focus and details. lighting, POV/OOF and colors superb. Thanks. best wishes

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-06 19:19]

Hola Joe.
Great image Joe. Very sharp and clear. Lovely colors en Moth and floers.
Your note is very very interesting. Now I learn more about Moths and Butterflies.
TFS this great image and note.

Wonderful macro shot Joey! Thanks joey for sharing this! Also nice facts! Very good details and nice point of View! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-06 21:24]

Hello Joey

Isn't the way the proboscis curves wonderful?
The colours are striking and the lighting is well done.
Excellent pov and dof.
Sharply focused with superb detail.
Great job.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-06 21:48]

Hi Joe , wow this is quite the picture , the colors are great , focus/detail sharp as can be , composition ,and depth of field ,are very good. I particularly like the point of view it really worked to give a very good view of this skipper , nice work. TFS

Again beautifully done!!!
you've managed the dof pretty well....at F14.
Where exactly did you focus on the skipper, i mean, which point?


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-06 23:09]

Hi Joe!

I can't help with ID because I'm in my work now. Skipper looks great with very detailed and colorfull wings. Good POV and composition with thistle. Natural light and BG are also nice. And of course interesting note!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-06 23:22]

Hi Joe

Great POV and detail here. You were luck with its choice of perch as the purple of the thistle really helps bring out the colour of the butterfly.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-07 3:17]

Hello Joe, Lovely notes and great details. The focus is pretty spot on and sharp. Good composition. Ganesh. smiley tmrw

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-07 4:06]

Hi Joe

I'm not a big expert on butterflies so i can't help much with the ID here.
However, i can tell you that this is a gorgeous macro and one very well calculated by you.
I like the way you've used the extarnal flash here, including the diffuser, in order to get just the right amount of light on your subject.
As a result, the details are excellent and the colors are lovely.
Well done indeed!

Bravo and TFS

Hola Joe, como ves últimamente he entrado poco por motivos de trabajo. Tú cada día superándote en tus trabajos, empezando a ser uno de los fotógrafos destacados de TREKNATURE, más aún con tu edad.
Excelente enfoque y buena profundidad en tu trabajo: Enhorabuena !!
Un abrazo: J.Ignasi Tejedor.

Hola Joe, muy bonita composición, nitida y buen detalle, buen color y luz. Un saludo

Hi Joe, great composition with lovely skipper and beautiful flower, fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe,
Well done...
Very good light.
Good compo.
Greetings and TFS:-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 11:42]

Hi Joe,
Oustanding shot of this Large Skipper with such lovely colours and sharpness on its wings. Nice nectar-sucking pose captured the bright light is very skillfully handled. Looks majestic. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

I don't even know where to begin to catch up on all the marvelous photos you've posted. A lovely shot - perfectly clear and sharp. Great colors - bold and vivid but real. Great stuff.

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