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The Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

The Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-08 0:28
Viewed: 2720
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 subspeciesThis 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.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-08 1:01]

Hello Pawel
Perfect focus and great details.

hello Pawel
a full frame, with very good details and clarity, natural colours via a very good light,excellent macro shot and photo
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-08 2:01]

Hi Pawel,this is surely one of the best large skipper of this TN season.Very impressive and unusual point of view,beautiful backlight to see perfectly the wings and a top quality sharpness too!!My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Pawel,

Very nice capture of this skipper with a very nice PoV. Superb macro with great details. Very well composed!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-08 3:15]
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Hello Pawel.
A fine close macro taken from a POV that shows the underside of an Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola). The antennae are not hooked like those of sylvanus and are not orange tipped like those of T. sylvestris. Nice sharpness and excellent neutral BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Pawel

Great shot of this large skipper
Excellent sharpness and details, great POV and DOF.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-08 6:30]

Hello Pawel,
Lovely capture.Lighting,clear details,sharpness,framing,POV and composition are perfect.Excellent work!
TFS.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Pawel, beautiful skipper with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, good natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-08 10:13]

Hola amigo,
fina macro,
excelentes detalles y calidad...
saludos Pawel.

Hello Pawel,

Excellent shot, focus spot on, perfect bokeh!

Hello Pawel,
a superb macro shot of the Large Skipper, POV, DOF vand composition are excellent, impressive details and beautiful natural colours
Best regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-08 17:26]

Hola Pawel.
Great sharpness. Beautiful pose and BG. You did a great job here.
I also find Your note very interesting.
TFS My friend.

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