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|This is a skipper that I have ever seen for the first time. It's so friendly or brave! I took lots of photos. I'm not sure but i thought that it can be Least Skipper (ancyloxypha numitor).|
Family Hesperiidae: Skipper Butterflies comprise nearly 3,000 species worldwide, 250 of which call North America home. Roughly one third of North American butterflies belong to this family. Skippers are named for their rapid, erratic flight. Skippers differ from the true butterflies in their proportionately larger bodies, smaller wings, and hooked antennae, among many other structural differences. The skipper family is further divided into subfamilies. Skippers can be the most difficult butterfly species to identify; their markings are maddeningly similar.
All adult true skippers have six well developed legs. Their eggs are tiny, usually less than .1mm. Most skipper caterpillars are green and tapered, and the neck appears constricted. The caterpillars weave silk and leaves into a daytime shelter for protection. Most pupate in loosely woven cocoons. The chrysalises are often coated with a powder or bloom. Chrysalis and caterpillars may overwinter.
Skipper butterflies can be divided into five subfamilies:
Pyrginae, or spread-wing skippers. These butterflies bask with their wings spread open flat, although there are a few that sit with the wings folded over their back. The cloudy wings sit with their wings partly open. Most spreadwings are patterned in gray, black and white. Caterpillars feed on many different types of plants, especially legumes.
Grass Skippers, subfamily Hesperiinae constitute the largest grouping, and perhaps the most challenging for those seeking to identify specimens. They are smaller than the spread-wing skippers, and many are patterned with yellow, orange and black. These erratic flyers sit with their forewings and hind wings at different angles - I think the configuration resembles an F-15 Eagle fighter jet. Grass skipper larvae feed mostly on ... guess what? Yep. Grasses.
Giant Skippers, subfamily Megathyminae includes the largest skippers. These are rare butterflies, even where there host plants, the Agaves and Yuccas are common. They are very fast and powerful flyers.
Skipperlings, subfamily Heteropterinae includes only a handful of small species living in the north and west. They lack the narrow extension (apiculus) of the antenna club. Many skipperlings sit with the wings open flat. They are often lumped into the grass skipper family. Note: Some skippers are called skipperlings but do not actually belong to this subfamily.
Firetips, subfamily Pyrrhopyginae.
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- [2006-06-20 16:52]
Beautiful shot of this skipper, with ideal POV and beautiful, very matching colours. Blurred BG exalts the subject even though wing detail is a bit soft.
PS - Thanks for the very informative note
- [2006-06-20 17:24]
Hi Ersin, nice close-up. Good details and the colours stand out well against the dark background. Good use of the fill in flash. The wings have lost a bit of sharpness but still a good shot. well done and TFS.
- [2006-06-20 17:26]
Hi Ersin ! Such a beautiful butterfly ! It looks huge on your photo. Excellent details, colors and details, and nice textures on the wings. I love the hairy body of this butterfly, and his big black eye. He seems to be looking at you - the insects definitely love you ! :-) Very well done !
- [2006-06-21 2:01]
Wow, flash gordon was in use :-) Very good exposure and details, lovely golden tones. Great portrait of this small skipper my friend!
- [2006-06-21 3:30]
Hello Ersin, this is very good of your skipper. You show it so sharply and clearly. I like how it is posed on the flower and against the background. Well done,
- [2006-06-21 3:57]
Excellent capture.It's very close anbd well detailed.POV,lighting,
sharpness,dark BG and composition are wonderful.
The composition is great with perfect exposure, good lighting and clear details. This is a great shot.
Well done! :-)
- [2006-06-21 6:17]
Very good photo of this Hesperiidae, Ersin!
The black BG is very good to emphasize the butterfly!
Keep on going and TFS!
nice macro with a great BG.
Deatils and colors are perfect like the compo.
Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.
Very nice close-up.
Beautiful composition, sharp and light.
Very well done!
Hi Ersin ,
nice to see you pictures , it looks like u've been shooting a lot of pics, great capture of this Hesperiidae ( Skipper ) I Think it is Orange Plam Dart , but not sure...
Good capture and composition