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Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-19 13:11
Viewed: 4664
Points: 42
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Hello all

i have captured this butterfly today on the meadow near the house from my parents, its not my best shot, but its a new species for me,
i think, it is a Dingy skipper while the vorder wings are very lighter as the others and the underside of the wings are orange or light brown

Dingy skipper - Erynnis tages
Family: Hesperiidae.
Flight Time: April - June (bivoltine in the south)
Size: 26-28mm
Altitude: 50-2000m

The Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution

This well camouflaged, brown and grey butterfly can be confused with the Grizzled Skipper, the Mother Shipton Moth or the Burnet Companion Moth. It is probably the most moth like British Butterfly and normally rests with its wings in a moth like fashion. It is widely but patchily distributed across Britain. It occurs further north than any other Skipper in Scotland with some isolated colonies in the Inverness region. It is also the only Skipper to be found in Ireland, again with a patchy distribution but the main strongholds along the western side. A variety of habitats are used including Chalk downland, Woodland clearings, coastal dunes, railway lines and even waste ground. It is widespread in Europe, east to Asia and China, though it is on the decline in several European countries including the UK.

Life cycle and food plants

The eggs are laid singly on the tender young leaves of Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus, the favoured foodplant (although Horseshoe Vetch Hippocrepis comosa and Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus pendunculatus are sometimes used). The caterpillar creates a shelter by spinning leaves together and feeds until fully grown in August. It then creates a larger tent to form a hibernaculum where it hibernates. Pupation occurs the following spring without further feeding. Adults are on the wing from mid-May till mid-June.

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Bonjour Jacqueline

Jolie photo environnemental de ce papillon, avec un excellent POV
et cadrage, une très jolie lumière, excellent netteté et détails, TFS


Good capture from a difficult POV. Very good light. Bit tender sharp. Anyway well done dear Jaqueline.


Hola Jacqueline,
nos presentas un interesante trabajo de una polilla que creo que también tenemos por mi zona.
Veo naturalidad en los colores aunque parece que sobre algo de máscara de enfoque... no estoy seguro :-)
La planta sobre la que está posada parece alfalfa (lucerne), una forragera muy abundante en la zona de Lleida donde yo vivo. Muy buen encuadre.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline. This beautiful butterfly. A perfect shot with a great light and excellent sharpness. All the best, Paul

Hello Jacqueline
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness. Interesting species too.

Hallo Jacqueline,
une très belle photo en macro de Erynnis tages, bonne mise a point sur le papillon et couleurs naturelles éclatantes, agréable composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

Hello Jacqueline,
Good capture of this butterfly with natural environment, good light and sharpness details, very well observation,
Thanks for sharing,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-19 23:39]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
Well composed shot of the Dingy Skipper!
Good sharpness, details and natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-20 2:50]

Salut Jacqueline,finalement une belle capture de primtemps pour toi aussi! Photo parfaite avec la meilleure qualite' et la meilleure position des ailes,tres elegante et tres agreable.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-20 8:07]

Hello Jacqueline,
A pity that the sharpness is a bit low, but the soft colours in this photo are beautiful and taken in an excellent composition.

Hi Jacqueline,
perfect photo of this butterfly,
excellent point of view, good sharpness.
Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Jaqueline,

it looks indeed on an Skipper.
Good pov, a litthe more shrpness could but it's okey.
Fine colors.


Ciao Jacqueline, lovely little skipper in a beautiful natural qambientation, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacqueline
great compo with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-04-22 2:06]

Hello Jacqueline,
lovely butterfly that works well in the green surroundings. Its creamy wings are lovely and the details are well presented.
The lighting is splendid.


Hello Jacqueline,
What a beautiful image. The moth seems to be air-borne. Great definition and very good composition. Pleasant to view. Best wishes.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-26 20:23]

Salut Jacqueline!
Très belle photo de ce petit et joli papillon.Excellent BG et belle netteté.Un beau travail ! Bravo! Merci de le partager!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-26 23:10]

Hello Jaqueline.
Lovely shot of this great looking Moth. Nice colours and details and a great pose captured. Very good POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-04-27 7:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
A really fine capture of the Dingy Skipper showing it nicely in focus against the green background. Beautiful light and colours and well framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Congratulations Jacqueline for your capture,

I find whole Hesperiide family with very

nice and small butterflies,

have a good day !

cisao, tino

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-05 22:33]

Hello Jacqueline,
I must have missed this one while I was away!
A nice capture of tages taken from a POV that shows its features that are almost all in focus. Excellent composition on the clover leaves with fine natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards to you and your family.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-24 7:51]

Hi Jacqueline.
Only these days such or similar species are appeared in our places. You have pictured this small beauty at a very nice and natural surroundings with good details, delicate colours and impressive diagonal composition. TFS and warm regards.

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