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Ochlodes sylvanus (female)

Ochlodes sylvanus (female)
Photo Information
Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC FA 100 F2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-07 4:55
Viewed: 3208
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Like most other shots on insects, and this I took a large meadow near my house.
Thank you all for your visit and criticism. Points (smiling) are not important for me :-)
Best greetings.


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiidae
Genus: Ochlodes
Species: sylvanus or faunus

Wingspan: Male: 29 - 34mm
Female: 31 - 36mm

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus/faunus)
Czech name: Soumračník rezavý

The Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family, which occurs throughout Europe. It was long known as Ochlodes venata, 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. venata as a subspecies.
This butterfly's range extends throughout Europe to northern Asia, China and Japan. In the British Isles it occurs in England, Wales, and south western Scotland. Although called 'Large' this is still a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the Small or Essex Skippers. The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside help to distinguish the Large Skipper from these two orange Skippers. It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites. An active little butterfly in sunny weather it is attracted to various flowers but has a distinct liking for Bramble flowers
Eggs are laid singly on the underside of foodplant leaves and hatch after about two weeks. They are normally laid on Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata but they will occasionally use Purple Moor-grass Molinia caerulea, False Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum, Tor-grass B. pinnatum and Wood Small-reed Calamagrostis epigejos. On hatching the larvae construct a shelter in the usual skipper method of curling a leaf up with silk and begins to feed. It hibernates as a half-grown caterpillar and emerges in the spring to continue feeding and growing. The caterpillar has a large blackish-brown head with a dark line down its back and a yellow stripe along each side. Pupation lasts about three weeks during May and June and the adults are present from June to August. It is the first of the 'grass skippers' to emerge in the UK. In northern Europe the butterflies have a single brood, but in the south they may have up to three broods.
(source: www.wikipedia.com)

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-07 5:04]

Hi Milos,spetacular work and beautiful composition! How you work well in this difficult ligh on the skipper,fantastic sharpness and warm colors as i like,the eye detail is very very impressive.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Milos,
A beautiful image of this Skipper, very good sharpness and so clear details, lovely composition, very nice point of view and nice blurred background, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-07 5:42]

Hello Milos,
Impressive photo of this skipper in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a very good POV in an excellent composition. Splendid contrasting blurred BG.

Hallo Milos,
a fantastic macro shot of the Large Skipper taken from an excellent ideal point of view with impresive details and marvellous colours, superb composition with a wonderful flower
Best regards

great species and wonderful background with great colors, sharpness and contrast. the flower adds attraction to the photograph.

hello Milos
super sharpness picture with great details and super good colours
greeting lou

Fantastic photo Milos!! The POV, the composition, the BG and the sharpness are excellent. The colours and the lighting are fantastic.

Hi Milos,
very nice photo of this butterfly and flower. Also amazing peaceful background. Very good sharpness. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Milos,
Great macro of lovely skipper captured with splendid natural colours, excellent sharpness and fine details. I also like the composition and blurred BG. Well done!

Hello Milos,
Amazing composition with great clarity and very nice details.
It is a superb capture with such impressive colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Milos. The perfect POV with excelelnte detaisl and sharp. Exciting colours against the blurred BG.


Hi Milos,

This is an excellent photo. Great contrast between the colours of the butterfly and the flower. The sharpness is also very nice!


Hello Milos,
Great semi-back light, well managed, impressive POV and a background magic!... Congratulations!
regards, TFS

  • Good 
  • Medina (117)
  • [2011-06-07 22:47]

hello milos,
It is o good work..TFS

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-08 4:48]

Hello Milos,
I just recognize your style which you already had in the past. Very well composed picture with fine colors and excellent sharpness. Beautiful!
Kind regards

Hi Milos,

First off welcome back to TN and what a picture to start with, fabulous well balanced composition, good detailed sharpness with impressive clarity throughout, i particularly like the subtle green out of focus background that pulls the Butterfly out from the background, good camera skills here and well done,
Best Regards Milos and have a nice day,


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-08 8:14]

Hello Milos,
A very fine macro of a female sylvanus taken from a lateral POV while feedin on a Knautia flower.
The sharpness, natural colours, clean BG and composition witrh the flower are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-08 12:53]

Hello Milos.
Spectacular macro of this Skipper and flower. Light, POV, colour, clarity and sharpness are spot on! Perfect.Thanks.Best regards Siggi

Hello Milos,

A lovely scene, a composition that is appealing in its simplicity!
A fine piece of macro work has been done, pin sharp details and natural vivid colours...
The contrasting blurry back enhances the subject nicely!

Pablo -

great capture for your skipper Mikou, congratulations, very nice colors, compo and beautiful details, excellent light and sharp on butterfly and flower,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Ciao Milos, lovely skipper on a beautiful flower, great macro with splendid natural colors and wonderful light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-09 12:09]

Hello Milos,
A perfect capture showing this little Skipper seeking nectar on a pretty Scabious flower. Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours and a fine smooth background. Very well composed too!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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