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Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-19 11:23
Viewed: 3022
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)
Family: Hesperiidae

The Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. In the USA it is known as the European Skipper.
With a wingspan of 2.5 to 2.9 cm it is very similar in appearance to the Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris). The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to look at the tips of the antennae. The Essex skippers are black whereas those of the Small Skipper are orange. This butterfly occurs throughout much of Europe. Its range spreads from southern Scandinavia, east to Asia and North Africa. It was only identified in the UK in 1889 and its range is expanding both in England and in northern Europe. In North America, this butterfly was accidentally introduced in 1910 via London, Ontario.
The adult flies from July to August. (Wikipedia)

This little one was struggling in a spider web ... which did not came (or hesitate?) to pack up its prey. I took the opportunity to help this beautiful butterfly to escape. It takes a deserved rest posing for me!

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Hy Catherine
For the first time we are neighbours! A very good picture with this butterfly, I like the details in the eyes, antenna and on the bidy hairs. Good blured bg.
Kind regards, Oana

Hi MF Catherine,

Stunning shot, looks so perfectly sharp and focused. Not a trace of grain or noise to be seen anywhere,
and the colours look so rich.
A very very fine capture MF.
TFS and have a nice WE!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-19 11:36]

Hi Catherine. A fine close up on the Essex skipper. With a goodview of its large eye and the hairs on its body. With rich colours. It stands out well from the plain BG. well done TFS.

Beautiful skipper today, great sharp details, lovely colors.

Hi Catherine,

Lovely macro capture from this cute Skipper with wonderful details! The colors are so awesome and natural. The sharpness and POV are very well maintained. The blurry BG is simply OOF. Great composition!

Have a nice weekend!
best regards,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-19 13:41]

Bonsoir Catherine,

Une image exceptionnelle. Une nouvelle macro exceptionnelles!
Et la description que nous proposons est intéressante.
Une belle soirée,

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
  • [2009-09-19 13:54]

Hello Catherine
excellente la mesa à feu que donne nous la possibilité d'apprécier toute la beauté de cette Thymelicus lineola avec des excellents details et une bonne gestion de la lumière.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-19 14:15]

Hello Catherine,
Excellent photo with an impressive POV, great athmosphere, POV and composition. Good sharpness and details. Nice OOF BG.

Hello Catherine!
So it was really lucky that you met him and safe :>
Beatiful picture with very nice colours and contrast. Also the insect pose looks nice as for me - it looks like climbing on the grass ;>
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-09-20 3:32]

Hello Catherine. Very nice shot but the top and bottom side is slightly OOF. The clarity and the sharpness is very good. Well done. Ganesh

Bonjour Catherine,
Très jolie capture, nette et détaillée, et magnifique image, bien contruite et équilibrée.J'aime beaucoup le cadrage carré et la composition diagonale, qui est très bien adaptée au sujet.

hello Catherine
this is also a great composition
super good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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