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Pyrgus malvae

Pyrgus malvae
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 14:21
Viewed: 1985
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Superfamily: Hesperioidea
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Genus: Pyrgus
Species: malvae

Like most skippers, the Grizzled Skipper is extremely difficult to follow when in flight, but will stop to feed from various nectar sources. Once settled, the black and white pattern on the wings, from which this species gets its name, is unmistakable. The butterfly occurs in small colonies of less than 100 adults. A well-known aberration of this species, known as “taras”, has all of the white spots on the forewings joined, forming a large white blotch.
This species occurs in different habitats that are all characterised by warmth, shelter, and sparse vegetation, such as chalk downland, woodland edges, woodland clearings, large woodland rides, unimproved grassland, hillsides, valleys and occasionally heathland.


Nome Volgare: Esperia della malva. Dimensioni: apertura alare 20-25 mm. Descrizione: colore di fondo delle ali marrone con numerose macchie bianche quadrangolari. La disposizione di quelle submarginali, nell'ala anteriore, e la presenza della grossa macchia discoidale, nella posteriore, identificano la specie. Il bordo delle ali è sfrangiato con macchie alternate chiare e scure. Rovescio delle ali punteggiato di bruno, gialliccio, bianco e verde oliva. Distribuzione e habitat: presente nell'Italia continentale, in diversi ambienti fioriti, dal limite fino a 2500 metri di quota. Il bruco cresce su Fragaria (Fragola selvatica) e Potentilla. Periodo di attività: adulti da aprile a settembre in 2 generazioni.

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Impressive macro Luciano! The colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent!

a wonderful photo performance in this beautiful subject!
regards my friend

Hi Luciano

Great shot of this skipper, always hard to get. Excellent details


Ciao Luciano, Fabulous detailed macro image of this little beauty my good friend, sharp as a butchers knife, splendid exposure and just love the back lighting, excellent work here Luciano and very well done,
Best Regards,


Ciao Luciano, gran bella piccoletta, difficile riprenderla così bene a terra a da quel POV, fantastici dettagli, ottima nitidezza e splendida luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

good image of the skipper. good clarity and contrast. tfs.

Hello Luciano
Interesting and ravely photo graphed moth species!Fantastic details,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

Hello Luciano,
An impressive macro of this little butterfly, fantastic sharpness, lovely clarity and good lighting, a great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-05 4:23]

Bonjour Luciano,
Trop chou ce petit Pyrgus malvae posé sur le sol. Les couleurs sont splendidement naturelles, la netteté parfaite. Un angle de vue parfait aussi. J'ai vu un papillon aujourd'hui, en pleine ville!!
Bonne semaine

Ciao Luciano. Piccolo capolavoro per un piccolo amico che si farebbe bene a rivalorizare. Ottimi i colori e luce strasferica.

ps. Sicuro Cuggiono e non Bernate Ticino...?? Ah ah!!


Brilliant capture of a Skipper on the ground, Luciano.
The subject stands out sharp and crisp against a matching BG of brown earth.
Kudos and thanks for sharing it!

Excellent photo of the skipper from a good point of view, giving a nice 3-D effect. very good detail. perfectly focused and evenly lit.
regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-05 6:17]

Good image of beautiful skipper, good lighting. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-05 7:01]

Hello Luciano,
Great macro of this skipper. Fantastic sharpness, details and DOF. Very beautiful colours. Perfect white balance.

YES Luciano
this is super good ,look 3D
very good sharpness and good light
i like this composition on the ground with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano,
Nicely capturing this skipper.
Great sharpness and neat image.
Superb shot.

Ciao Luciano,
Another great photo of one Butterfly, congratulations!
best regards, Joska

Hi Luciano,
very nice photo of this butterfly. Excellent point of view. Great sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Luciano,
Excellent picture of this skipper with good details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV. Well done & TFS.

Hello Luciano,
Hope you are doing fine and it is not cold out there. What a superb shot of this skipper butterfly.I think you have caught it sucking moisture from the wet sand.It is such a sharply focused photo with wondrous colours.....thanks for sharing....warmest regards/Abid

bella presa a terra di Pyrgus,Luciano
ottimo dettaglio e definizione

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-05 11:19]

Hello Luciano.
What a marvellous capture and excellent shot! You did it with great sharpness and very good POV, DOF, framing, lighting, colors and composition.Really gorgeous!Best regards Siggi

splendido esemplare il tuo skipper Luciano, molto belli i dettagli ed anche la prospettiva, complimenti per la foto,

un saluto, tino

Excelente captura Luciano, de una gran profundidad y unos sensacionales colores.
Gran realismo !!
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hello Luciano,
Yes, I agree with Christodoulos, an impressive macro. Here it maybe is sucking up a salt solution from the ground. Excellent overall quality and DOF. Well done.

Excellent details of this Pyrgus, interesting note, salutacions cordials, Ferran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-06 23:34]

Hello Liciano,
very nice color captured and shown though the background is of the same color. Nice white spots that stand out beautifully along with the sharpness and clarity of your image.
Well composed and exciting view of the big eye.


Luciano, this is such a beautiful shot of this skipper. The colors are great and it has great sharpness and POV. Have a nice day, Bill

Bonjour Luciano,

Le papillon est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Hespérie de la mauve. La combinaisons de la lumière de l,après-midi et celle du flash ont un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


A fine skipper shot that I have never seen around my place, Luciano. You have metered the exposure well and the focus is tact sharp.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday season.
Greetings from Malaysia,

Salut Luciano

WOW ! superbe macro de cette insecte, avec un
super POV à son niveau, et encore superbe
focus netteté et détails, TFS


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