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Ochlodes sylvanus

Ochlodes sylvanus
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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: 2017-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-06 10:27
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Points: 15
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Ochlodes
Species:O. sylvanus

The large skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.
t was long known as Ochlodes venatus, 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. venatus as a subspecies. Under ICZN rules the specific name, originally proposed as Papilio sylvanus, is invalid as a homonym (of the butterfly now called Anthene sylvanus), but it has been conserved by an ICZN commission decision in 2000.
This species occurs throughout Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone (northern Asia, China and Japan) and in the Nearctic realm. In the British Isles it occurs in England, Wales, and south western Scotland.It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites.
Ochlodes sylvanus has a wingspan of 28–32 mm. Although called "large" this is still a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the small or Essex skippers. The body is rather squat. The antennae are hooked at their tips. The upperside of the wings is orange-brown with a brown border and some lighter spots. The underside of the hindwings is greenish-yellow, marked with sparse yellow spots. The male has a broad scented androconial dark line across the top of the forewings. On the hindwings of the females there are brighter square marks. When the wings are opened, the forewings are obliquely folded, masking the hindwings.
The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside, and also the hook-shaped antenna tips, help to distinguish the large skipper from these two orange skippers. The Lulworth skipper also has patterned wings, but does not have the hooked antennae.
The caterpillar can reach a length of 28 millimetres (1.1 in). It has a large blackish-brown head and a bluish green body, with a dark line down its back and a yellow stripe along each side.In northern Europe these butterflies have a single brood, but in the south they may have up to three broods.

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ciao Luciano
une très bonne photo, bonne position de la Sylvaine sur cette fleur.
Très belles couleurs.
Bonne soirée

Ciao Luciano, gran bella piccoletta, io con queste mi ci confondo sempre, magnifici colori e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
One of the most beautiful butterflies specie in my country....
Excellent details and colors.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-06 20:50]

Hello Luciano,
Nice job photographing this lovely little skipper. The bright colors and excellent detail make for an eye catching image. I like the vertical composition and the exposure is simply perfect. Well done!!

'The Sipper & the Ladybird' could be the caption of this well composed image, Luciano.
Incredible focus on the Large Skipper and a superlative composition with so many subjects in view.

Ciao Luciano
What a beauty!You managed very effectivly to reach this wonderful result.Wonderful saturated colors and impressive sharpness.The vertical composition works very well here.Thanks.
Have a good days!
José Diogo

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful Skipper and well captured. Again perfect frame and well focus. Details and colour look nice. BG not great; even those OE spot lights really distracting.

BG is one of the main parts in the picture, in my opinion. My advise, before clicking just look at the BG.....if distracting just change your angle.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Luciano,
foto molto interessante dal punto di vista naturalistico e per i colori. Sulla composizione però era meglio rispettare la regola dei terzi.

Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur aide à cadrer l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Sylvaine. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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