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Common Grass Dart

Common Grass Dart
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ButterFlysOfIndia, Butterflies of India 1, Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-21 11:19
Viewed: 3924
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This was also shot at a paradise named Omkar Hills near Bangalore last Saturday.
Thanks to Nigel Deacon!, this is Common Grass Dart (Female)
The Skippers are a group of insects in the order Lepidoptera. The skippers are usually counted as butterflies, but they are somewhat intermediate between the rest of the butterflies and the remaining Lepidoptera, the moths.
Skippers are classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea, which includes only one family, the Hesperiidae. They differ in several important ways from the remaining butterflies, which are classified in superfamily Papilionoidea. Skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward, have stocky bodies, and possess stronger wing muscles and better eyes. Nonetheless, the two superfamilies are regarded as sister taxa, so the butterflies collectively form a true clade. In fact, some taxonomists place the family Hesperiidae within the superfamily Papilionoidea.
There are about 4000 species of Skippers. They are usually classified in the following subfamilies:
· Awls, Awlets and Policemen (Subfamily Coeliadinae, about 75 species)
· Firetips (Subfamily Pyrrhopyginae, about 150 species)
· Spread-wing Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae, about 1000 species)
· Skipperlings (Subfamily Heteropterinae, about 150 species)
· Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae, over 2000 species)
· Australian Skippers (Subfamily Trapezitinae, about 60 species)
Many species of skippers look frustratingly alike. For example, some species in the genera Erynnis, Hesperia, and Amblyscirtes cannot currently be distinguished in the field by experts, the only reliable method of telling them apart involving dissection and examination of the genitalia.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipper_(butterfly)

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Great shot with a nice BG.

Hi Magane,
Olle picture, CHENNAGIDHE.
The picture is very sharp and DOF is good. you should have moved an inch to right to get flat horizontal line. Nice picture. TFS

Hi, Goutham:
Your butterfly is the Common Grass Dart Taractrocera maevius, a female. It's a very nice photograph - maybe a tiny bit oversharpened(?) but it's always nice to see a new species posted.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-03-21 12:01]
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Hi Goutham
the sharpness here is increadible, very good, as the DOF and POV, ilked the luminosity you got, was natural or not?
well done,

Hello Goutham,
wonderful work, lovely colours and compo, GREAT!!!
TFS and best wishes,

Hi goutham ,

Great shot , Love the BG and POV , u did capture a cool skipper.



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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-21 12:49]
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Hi Goutham,

A very clear an detailed picture,with a good POV an a nice coloured background,

Well done,

Hi Goutham!
Great colors and composition, perfect details. Nice POV. Well done!

Namaste Goutham,
what a pretty little skipper, it's such a lovely shot with excellent sharpness and light. I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-21 13:19]

Hi Goutham!

Beautifull work! Very nice composition, fragile butterfly, very sharp and detailed. I like also colours and note.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-21 13:24]

Hi Goutham,
An excellent macro shot, great detail, exposure and colour, and well isolated against a warm and neutral background. A little noise in the background that neatimage or equivalent would fix.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-21 13:34]

Félicitation pour cette excellente macro.Tout est parfaits,l'éclairage,les couleurs, et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et bonne fin de journée Goutham.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-21 13:53]

Gouthman bonjour, great macro of Lepidoptera, razorsharp details, beautiful composition and colors. TFS; Didier.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-21 14:28]

Hello Goutham,
very nice close up; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent ! TFS

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-21 17:10]

Simply wonderful!
Stunning on details!
Very good DOF!
Very good BG!
Perfect on details!
5* and TFS!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-21 18:32]

Hi Goutham
Incredible shot of this nice little big eyed skipper.
The composition is swell with the nice diagonal line of the twig. The colours are very good, the DOF is excellent, the BG is absolutely stunning, and the exposure is on the button.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-21 19:25]

Hello Goutham,
You are showing us some very nice butterflies from your part of the world.
A very well composed shot with nice detail,good exposure and a great background.
Excellent work.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-21 21:43]

Great insect picture Goutham, full of details. Good background. Thanks.


WOW!! wonderful pic!! No words to describe!! Perfect pic!!
Be ready for this week end visit to Omkar hills!! Me to ready with all approproate guns & bullets [:) got a 105 MM Sigma Macro] to shoot.


Hi Goutham,
This is really a great shot. Flawless composition and framing on this. Very well saturated colors and razor sharp detail. He really stand out against that great OOF backround. Nice work!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-22 8:33]

Hello Goutham,
very nice, the POV and sharpness are outstanding. Excellent details and colors. Wonderful composition.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-22 11:00]

Hi Goutham.
Lovely colours and compo.Wonderful work.

Excellent close up of this small little butterfly, the colors display nicely in this well composed capture. :)

Bonjour GouthamC est un super beau papillon , les couleurs et les détails sont très réussis. le BG est très joli.
Bravo et merci....JP

Very nice picture, beautiful species!
Very good BG and sharpness! Latin name: Taractrocera maevius

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