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Common Chestnut Bob

Common Chestnut Bob
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 1:43
Viewed: 4752
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
an update:

many thanks Ivan Kruys (Argus) for correcting the ID of this bob. this is not an Indian Palm Bob, but it's the Common Chestnut Bob (Lambrix salsala).

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iambrix_salsala

Iambrix salsala,commonly known as the Chestnut Bob, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae, that is found in India.

The butterfly occurs in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, North Vietnam, Hainan, Hong Kong, South Yunnan, Langkawi, Malaysia, Singapore, Tioman, Sumatra and Java.

Dear all,

This was taken when I walked up to the Peak of Hong Kong yesterday. I hope you'd like this skipper : )

I look forward to any comments and pointers from you for improvement. thanks much!

have a nice day!!

Man Yee

from http://www.jaycjayc.com/suastus-gremius-palm-bob/

Indian Palm Bob (Suastus gremium gremius) has wingspan about 3-4.5 cm and dark olive-brown upperside with seven semi-transparent whitish-yellow spots (3 in the apex and 4 scattered). Its greyish brown underside is covered with buff scaling and 5 well-defined black spots. As with most skippers, it has a quick flight and rests with its wings folded closed. It loves the sun and is known to frequent low-growing flowers such as Lantana, Aztec Marigold, Asters, etc. besides ornamental Palms.

• Scientific name: Suastus gremius gremius
• Common name: Indian Palm Bob, Palm Bob
• Kingdom: Animalia
• Phylum: Arthropoda
• Class: Insecta
• Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
• Family: Hesperiidae
• Subfamily: Hesperiinae
• Genus: Suastus
• Species: S. gremius gremius

Food plants: Mainly ornamental palms such as Calamus, Caryota, Cocos nucifera (Coconut Palm), Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm), etc.

Distribution: India and Sri Lanka to Thailand and Southern China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Lesser Sunda Islands.

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Hi Man Yee,
I like your shot, good composition and nice natural colours. What I would improve is the noise reduction and add sharpening the subject - please see my workshop, I hope you will like it. The white flowers are just a bit overexposed,
very good capture otherwise,
TFS & regards,

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-25 2:29]

Hi Man Yee,

Very nice capture of this Bob. Details and colors are superb. POV and composition are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Man Yee,

Excellent capture of this skipper. Excellent POV and sharpness. Very good composition. Good exposure and beautiful natural colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-25 3:40]

Hello Man Yee,
What a lovely capture of the little Skipper perched on the flower. Fine details and colours and I like the soft background. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Man Yee

Good shot of this skipper. Good composition and sharpness.


  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-25 5:06]

hi man yee,
beautiful capture of this skipper. excellent colors and details. wish the background on top extended all the way down to make much more better. tfs.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-25 9:02]

Hello Man Yee! That's fine macro shot, the light is fantastic and you've done agreatjob on the exposure, the details are sharp and the background is beautiful, well done, thanks!


You never cease to amaze me. Not only are you a talented photographer, but you do such wonderful work aside from the studies that I know your pour your heart and soul into.

Your time and dedication to both your studies and photography is stunning - and quite awe-inspiring.

Here you've captured texture, the fagility of the life, the colors, and a sense of life, however small this subject is.

Beautiful composition, clarity, and texture, not to mention, this really sets a mood. Beautiful job, my friend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-25 10:38]

Hi Man Yee,
a very fine shot of this beautiful skipper, the colours are nice nd natural. Good sharpness with fine details.
Regards Siggi

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-25 19:26]

Bob is standing up so daintily on the flower.
Very good capture Man Yee - you should be thrilled with this image.
Well done

Hi Man Yee,

Its a lovely image of the skipper, the composition is good, only I felt the fore ground at the bottom could have been trimed or if you had better background it would have been still better. Never the less, good picture.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-26 4:44]
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Hello Man Yee,
We have a little ID problem here!
You were right in calling this Skipper a Bob, but this is the Common Chestnut Bob (Lambrix salsala) that you captured with fine sharpness and from a great POV to show the markings clearly. Not Suastus gremius!
I think I would have chosen a more horizontal composition as the flower that it is on is mostly OOF and of less importance.
Nevertheless, a fine image and thanks for sharing it!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-26 4:46]

Hi Man Yee,
Wonderful shot of this tiny but beautiful butterfly in a fabulous pose. Very impressive sharpness and colours with great lighting. Excellent DOF and POV and I like this magnificent composition. Thanks for sharing this great image.

Hi Man Yee,
nice pose and vivid details for this post
thanks for sharing

best regards sERGIO

bonjour MY
voila une image bien composée,le blanc des fleurs et bien maitrisée et le papillon parfaitement net.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-08-26 6:34]

Hello Man Yee,
Splendid photo in profile. You assembled on eyes of this beautiful butterfly and it succeeded. Very nicely you show many petty details construction of the insect. Excellent macrophotograph.
Best regards from Poznan,

Hi Man Yee,
Excellent macro. The whites and blacks are well exposed, the composition, DOF and POV are very good. Moreover, there is no noise. I have nothing to say except BRAVO!

Very nice capture of this Bob.

Hi Man Yee, elegant butterfly with beautiful colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Man Yee,
very nice picture of this skipper.
I like the natural colors and the fine details of the skipper. Background and POV is exellent too.
A great composition.

Hi Man Yee,
Beautiful catch and colors of this butterfly, Excellent macro picture an POV. very well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-03 2:10]

Hello Man Yee,
A very beautiful and fine picture to show us this Asian Skipper. The focus is just right on the butterfly and you managed to have a very subtle-coloured background. May be you could have cut just a little bit on the lower part of the picture, but in general I like rather generous surroundings.
Thanks and best regards

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  • el7262 (36)
  • [2008-09-08 4:44]

Hi Man yee,

Very beautiful butterfly. POV,Colours, sharpness,DOF and details are so amazing...

Best regards from France

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