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First time at TN, Carcharodus floccifera

First time at TN, Carcharodus floccifera
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Skippers / Hesperiidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-09 1:24
Viewed: 5087
Points: 38
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Carcharodus floccifera (Zeller, 1847)

Common english name: Tufted Marbled Skipper

This is one of the difficult group of Marbled Skippers, Carcharodus.
The species is similar to the marbled skipper and the mallow skipper, but neither of these shares quite the same behaviour. Marbled is also rather brighter - often yellowish - and mallow is a duller ground lover with subtly different markings (particularly the white markings on the forewings, which are narrower).
This species has a very distinctive rusty "tuft" on the underside forewing that acts to guide forewing and hindwing during flight.

RANGE. Middle and S. Europe to S. Siberia, Asia Minor. It is principally a mountain species of Spain, France, the Alps and the Balkans. It is also widespread in peninsular Italy and in Sicily.

HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Grassy areas, forest edges, warm slopes/patches on plains and in the mountains. Flight: period: June-July, in two generations. Host plants in Europe: Lamiaceae.
The males have a characteristic habit of perching on flower heads or grass heads watching their territory and not infrequently buzzing off to defend it against intruders.


In Sicilia questa specie è assai localizzata e rara.
Vive al di sopra dei 900-1000 m.
Il bruco si incontra su Marrubium e Stachys.
Presenta due generazioni annue. Le prime chiusure avvengono a maggio inoltrato e proseguono per tutto il mese di giugno e parte di luglio. La seconda generazione schiude fra la fine di agosto ed i primi di settembre.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-02-09 1:35]

Hello Marcel

Nice capture! Perfect! TFS. Mehmet

Hello Marcello,

Very nice picture of this skipper. Good composition. Good sharpness. Great light and nice natural colours.

Altra grandiosa prima, Marcello, non conoscevo questa bella Hesperidae, magnifica macro con splendidi colori, ottimi dettagli e grande nitidezza, livello di qualità sempre molto elevato, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
PS la prossima e la centesima, son curioso di vedere la meraviglia che cio proporrai:)

Hello Marcel
Another wonderful capture of a beautiful butterfly with nice colours! TFS friend! Best regards,

Bonita toma de las siempre difíciles de fotografiar Carcharodus. Yo tengo alguna también por mi galería. Es curioso el atractivo que suelen llegar a ejercer algunas especies cuando te interesas por ellas y empiezas a conocer sus diferenciaciones, hábitos,etc. Lástima que yo no tenga más tiempo para dedicarme.
Un abrazo y buen Domingo para tí también. Dentro de 3 semanas viajo a Torino jejeje a ver a mi hijo que estudia allí... ya tengo ganas :-)

Hello Marcello,
Extraordinary Skipper.
Very good sharpness. Good exposure, POV,..
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-09 6:05]

Hello Marcello,
I know you have a great amount of Orchids on Sicily and now I know that you also have a large number of very interesting butterflíes!
This is a splendid capture of a Skipper that I've never seen before. Superb shot showing very sharp details and fine colours. Very nicely composed too.
Many thanks and have a nice weekend! Ulla

Hello Marcello
This is a new one for me :O)
Perfect composition,focusing and DOF,
Superb shot my friend.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-09 6:52]

Hi Marcello,
I will be back.

Very well done,
Great job,


Bonjour Marcello
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et cadrage, une spécialité Sicilienne bien présenté.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-09 15:39]

Ciao Marcello,questa e' meravigliosa,sembra quasi sospesa nel vuoto,una messa a fuoco e un dettaglio impeccabili,ottime note come sempre,grazie per il tuo prezioso lavoro,Luciano

Hi Marcello,
A splendid capture of this marble skipper. Looks somewhat similar to the grizzled skippers found here in India. Excellent top POV with very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great shot of butterfly in natural environment.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-10 12:05]

beautiful picture Marcello!
Great pose and composition, I especially like the light and details of this photo!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-11 2:46]

Ciao Marcello,
Bellissima specie di farfalla, mai vista prima!
Foto ben composta e nitida!

Hi Marcello,
Excellent !
- Nirmal

Great macro shot. Well composed with great colours and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing


Hi Marcello, again,

another really interesting butterfly shot. Really the Carcharodus moths are ugly but that is just part of their charm. And to top it all, you present us with a species so rare that it has never been seen by TN friends. By the way, the composition of the picture is perfect. Thanks!
Best regards

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