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Heteropterus morpheus

Heteropterus morpheus
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 70D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-07 11:59
Viewed: 1030
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The large chequered skipper (Heteropterus morpheus) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.It is the single member of the monotypic genus Heteropterus. The species can be found in isolated populations in Europe and East across the Palearctic to Central Asia and Korea. It is endangered in The Netherlands.
The length of the forewings is 15–18 mm. The butterfly is on the wing from June to August, depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Eriophorum, Poa annua, Calamagrostis canescens, Brachypodium and Molinia species (including Molinia coerulea).

As can be seen, the butterfly has a very distinctive and attractive underside but a drab upperside (which is rarely seen, as it usually settles with wings closed).

The flight is just as distinctive and indeed provides immediate identification of the species: it appears to bounce through the air with little sense of direction, almost as if drunk.

In France, it has been seen in the south west including, in 2011, the Hautes-Pyrénées department.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-07 12:26]

Hello Marx,
Nice to see you back here on TN with a new posting.
Excellent sharp detailed macro of this skipper in beautiful colours and taken from a very good POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-07 13:09]

Hallo Marx,
Troche za mocno przeostrzony ale pozatym bardzo ladne zdjecie i motyw.
Pozdrawiam Sigi

Hi Marx,
nice butterfly and wonderful macro. Thanks for showing

Ciao Marx, great macro of beautiful kipper, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marx
beautiful butterfly in a beautiful decor, excellent capture with a great 3D effect, the details are stunning
Have a good night

Hello Marx,
Un magnifique papillon, bien cadré dans ce décor naturel.
Bonne journée

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