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Thymelicus acteon.

Thymelicus acteon.
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor Af-S micro 105mm VR f/2.8G IF ED
Exposure: f/16, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Skippers II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-06 8:38
Viewed: 4325
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. Its name is derived from Lulworth Cove in the county of Dorset, where the first specimens in Great Britain were collected.

The species occurs locally across Central Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa, where its population is considered stable. In Northern Europe, its numbers have declined, leading to its European status of 'vulnerable'.[1] In Britain, its range is restricted to the south coast of Dorset, however there it is locally abudant and perhaps moreso now than at any time since its discovery in 1832.[2]

With a wingspan of 24–28 millimetres, females being larger than males, the Lulworth Skipper is considered a small butterfly; it is the smallest member of the Thymelicus genus in Europe and is amongst the smallest butterflies in Britain. Aside from the size difference, the sexes are distinguished by females having a distinct circle of golden marks on each forewing. Due to their likeness to the rays around the eye of a peacock's feather, these are often known as 'sun-ray' markings, and they can faintly appear on males.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-06 8:43]

Hi Nikos,another fantastic composition whit a beautiful light and impressive sharpness and warm colors,great point of view too.Thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice week,LUCIANO

Hello Nikos,

a good pov, sharpness and dof picture with blurred bg.
Fine nattural colours.


A beatiful a clean skipper, equipped whita a tone colorful very suitable. I love te flower details, and the unusual ligth angle that providing more deep to the shot. Very vell done, excelllent compund!



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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-09-06 9:57]

hi nikos,
I rate this as the topmost picture of this specie.

truly great in all aspects, excellent capture with nice details and composition. perch is lovely

yaso Nikos
what a nice capture for beautiful skipper species and yellow composite flower, with sharp details and great POV/DOF and composition. lighting and colors also superb. good informative notes. efkharisto.
kala mera

hello Nikos
super sharpness composition
very good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Nikos,
what a splendid picture of the Lulworth Skipper taken with outstanding sharpness in a lovely pose on the cup of this vivid yellow flower, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-06 13:38]

Slav Nīkos,
A wonderful macro shot of this lovely skipper in magic light.The POV,colors and sharpness are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Nikos, lovely skipper on a splendid yellow flower, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Gia sou file,

A superb macro capture of this pretty skipper from frontal POV with excellent soft lighting, perfect focus and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice new week!
Efkharisto and Kalimera file!


Ciao Nikos. Amazing compo in perfect details and excellente soft light management. Beautiful tone colours. Great compo, again.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-07 8:03]

Congratulation, very good macro, colors and composition!

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