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Ochlodes sylvanus

Ochlodes sylvanus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-05-26 16:13
Viewed: 1229
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Hesperiidae

Genus: Ochlodes

Species: O. sylvanus

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.

Dimensioni: 28-30 mm. Descrizione: farfalla di colore bruno-arancio vivace. La femmina caratterizzata da una colorazione delle ali pi scura con macchie gialle quadrangolari, mentre, il maschio riconoscibile per una striatura ,sul dorso delle ali anteriori, detta linea androconiale. Il rovescio delle ali, in ambo i sessi, chiaro con leggere sfumature verdognole. Tipica la posizione di riposo con le ali anteriori sollevate ad angolo. Le antenne terminano con un uncino. Pu essere confusa con Hesperia comma ma questultima presenta macchie argentee sul rovescio delle ali posteriori. Distribuzione e habitat: diffusa nellItalia continentale e Sicilia. Frequenta svariati ambienti dalla pianura, dove pi comune, fino a 2000 metri in montagna (in quota spesso pi piccola e scura). Periodo di attivit: gli adulti volano tra maggio e settembre.

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How you came to take this amazing picture with the Skipper in that unusual posture would make an interesting story, Luciano. I always do, but then you are a man of few words! :)
The sharpness of the front portion is unbelievable; the details are so very robust I can claim to count the hair in view.
You deserve accolades for this remarkable creation.

Salam ,Ciao Luciano,

Dear my romantic artist friend,

Very nice shot about a wonderful butterfly,very beautiful animal,

Excellent clarity and brightness,

All the BEST and Thanks!

Grazie e Dio sia con Te Amico,

Arrivederci,Buona Fortunata, ***


Ciao Luciano, Beautiful macro & well positioned focal point, you are a true master of the Sony Cybershot camera, fabulous image this is a 10/10 for me, great effort and very well done my good friend,

Best Regards,


Ciao Luciano, gran bel faccia a faccia, ti guarda con amore, ottimi dettagli e magnifica nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-05-26 23:56]

Great POV makes this one unique! Also, the colors and the details are very fine.

Well done, Luciano!


Hello Luciano!
Superb shot of this skipper from a very interesting and effective point of view. Sharpness, as well as details are excellent. Beautiful natural colors and a pleasant looking continuation of greens in BG. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-05-27 2:45]

Hello Luciano,
Marvelous macro of this moth taken from a perfect frontal POV. Impressive sharpness, details and an excellent centered composition in very beautiful colours.

like it, good focus, definition and color, very good macro.

Sul supporto del flash hai messo una tazza di caffe? Gran primo piano d'effetto. Ottima qualit. Fantastica l'ombra.


Never let anyone tell you that you need an expensive camera to come out with works belonging in professional magazines. DO TELL ME however if you plan on using moths, butterflies or the likes in your recipes. Thanks for bring just yourself. A fine photographer who I critique by saying more...more...

Salve Luciano!
Fabulous macro! I know this small butterfly, great work!

Hello Luciano

WOW ! with this frontal low POV it is like if you where also an insect
and was face to face with this insect, that with its pose and glance
on you it gives dynamism ti the photo, the great DOF with superb
focus, sharpness, and details contribute to that, TFS


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-05-28 11:11]

Bonsoir Luciano,

Excellente vue de ce petit papillon, pas facile mettre dans la petite boite car il bouge souvent.
Les dtails sont parfait , belle lumire aussi.
Merci pour le partage.
John vantighem

Hello Luciano,
You looked in eyes of insect . Amazing shot.

Hi Luciano. Wow! Is this every captivating. From the front this looks fantastic. Love how well focused it is to see the hairs on it. The colour saturation is breathtaking. I can make out all the detail. I love the charcoal eyes contrasting the burnt orange body. This is well taken Luciano. I hope you post more of this Large Skipper. Wonderful!

Salut Luciano,
une foto comme on ne la voit pas suvent. Trs originale.
bonne journe

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