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Arctic Skipper

Arctic Skipper
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/4, 1/128 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-06 4:28
Viewed: 3486
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon [Pallas])

Wing span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Upperside is black with squarish orange spots. Underside of the forewing is orange with black spots;

underside of hindwing is red-orange with cream spots outlined in black.

Life history: Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45

degrees. To find receptive females, males perch on low vegetation and sometimes patrol in openings. Females lay eggs

singly on leaves of the host plant. Caterpillars live and feed within nests of silked-together leaves; fully-grown caterpillars

overwinter in their nests and then pupate within them in the spring.

Flight: One brood from May-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Grasses including purple reedgrass (Calamagrostis purpurascens) in California, and bromes (Bromus)

in Europe; probably others.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including iris in California.

Habitat: Glades and openings in heavily forested woods, moist meadows, and streamsides.

Range: Central Alaska south to central California, south in the Rocky Mountains to northwest Wyoming, east across

the Great Lakes states to New York and New England. Eurasia.

valy67, soccer, aido, phlr, timonejoon, Christopher_PL, coasties, AndyB, scottevers7, ramthakur, liziafa, dew77, carper, SkyF, hekcik, peter_stoeckl, jchemas, red45, Dando has marked this note useful
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Very nice shot of this hairy butterfly ! Excellent sharpness and details, beautiful colors, wonderful composition and POV. I love the contrast between the green BG and the warm colors of the butterfly. Very well done !


A great pic once again. The Comp, POV, DOF, BG, Colours and Light are all excellent. TFS,

Hello Heinz,
Great macro on this tiny skipper. Perfect settings. Excellent composition and POV. Very well done. TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-06 5:02]

Hello Heinz,
Great shot, beautiful soft colours, great detail and nicely framed. Very soft natural light here too, looks like conditions were perfect. DOF is on the mark and well isolated against a good clean background. Great shot!

Hello Heinz

Very beautiful shot, Nice BG and DOF.
well done


Nice shot of this small butterfly. Well composed with the grass. A little bit too smoth in my opinion.


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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-06 6:56]

Hello Heinz,
A great shot of this Skipper.
Excellent POV,nice and sharp with very good DOF.
Superb capture.

Hi Heinz,
A beauty on this Artic Skipper! You have him perfectly isolated on the end of the plant. Superb colors and fine detail in this excellent exposure. Great OOF backround. This is a super shot!

Hello Heinze, What an excllent water fall Photo, perefct details, Bg, POF, DOF, perefct Job, TFS Kyle

Great composition as usual, Heinz.
I like the BG which brings out the colour of this species very well.

Hi Heinz,
Excellent close-up.
Lovely detail, colors, composition and 3D effect.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-06 14:22]

Hello Heinz,
Excellent close up.POV,BG,sharpness,cross framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-06-06 14:26]

yes heinz,
the 7000 is a good macro tool. You and Teunie my wife are making great shot's with this camera. this skipper is very nice captured, in a well taken composition. very good job and thank you Heinz.
gr. jaap

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-06 14:39]

Hallo Heinz,
eine sehr elegant Bildgestaltung. Die Schaerfe ist perfekt, und die Freistellung vom Hintergrund ist sehr gelungen. Gefaellt mir sehr gut.

Hallo Heinz,
der ist aber putzig, ich mag die langen "Haare" und die riesigen Augen so sehr.
Habe noch nie so einen hier gesehen, dieses Jahr habe ich überhaupt noch keinen Schmetterling von der Nähe gesehen. Seit Wochen ist es immer regnerisch oder windig - keinerlei Chance auf Insektenjagd zu gehen, schade. Schönen Abend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-06 16:54]

Hi Heinz,

Excellent close-up.
Detail, colors, composition and 3D effect
are perfect.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

sehr elegant komponierte Aufnahme, hervorragend!
Das kalte Wetter, das uns derzeit plagt, macht uns manchen flinken und schönen Falter geduldig und gefügig, um in Ruhe perfekt ins Bild gesetzt zu werden. Gratuliere für den schönen "Fang"!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,


My humble apologies, no time for critique now, wil come back to rectify.


Superb capture heniz.
Excellent composition, colors and details.
Great POV and BG.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-07 2:24]

Hi Heinz!
Excellent shot of this beautifull Skipper. Lovely subject, but first of all I like composition with grass. Superb!

Hi Heinz

Very well composed shot. Good depth of colour. Crisp, clear, sharp with nice light. Well done. TFS.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-07 4:51]

Hi Heinz,

Great shot of this Arctic Skipper. I like the simplicity of this one. Good details, lighting, colours and OOF background. A very well captured and composed shot, TFS.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-08 16:48]

Very good photo of this Hesperiidae Heinz!
Perfect DOF, details, colours, POV and BG!
Deserves more then 2 points!
Keep on going and TFS!

Jealous mode on/Argh, it's exactly the kind of butterfly pic i wish i could take !! /jealous mode off. Seriously, i think all is right here : pattern, light, sweet & nice colours, sharpness and bokeh. 2 smileys for me.

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