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Female Essex Skipper

Female Essex Skipper
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Skippers II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-29 22:25
Viewed: 4470
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

This is a common species of Skipper on the continent of Europe and probably the most common in Sweden, especially in the south. Strangely this is the first time I have posted this species on TN!

This is a female. She can be distinguished from a male by her rounder body shape with a pointed tip and absence of black scent-line on the forewing.

The best way to tell it from the Small Skipper (T. sylvestris) is by its smaller size and the tips of the antennae are dark whereas those of the Small Skipper are orange brown. In Sweden we don’t have that problem as we only have the Essex Skipper and the Swedish name for it is Mindre Tċtelsmygare (Lesser Hair-grass Skipper). It is common in the southern half of the country where there is dry grassland.

Like many species of N. European skippers the larval host plants are various species of grass. It flies from the end of June to the end of August.

After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was selectively sharpened.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-29 22:30]

Hi Ivan!

You present us a nice butterfly picture, and, as we are used from you, in a technically perfect manner. The sharpness is fine, the colours are natural and the composition highlights the beauty and the details of the insect. I also like the blurred, but still natural background. Moreover, the picture is just pleasant to look at.

Your notes are very instructive and interesting, too. Thank you for this!

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-29 22:43]

Hi Ivan,

This Small Skipper looks so delicate and dainty posed on the leaf. The position of her head and eye makes her actually look coy. Beautiful colors, details and textures - the body and wings are wonderful. As always, a lovely background and composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-29 22:53]

Hello Ivan!
Wonderful capture.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,details and composition are excellent.Best regards Siggi

günaydın Ivan, good morning dostum,
as you know, summer just finished and autumn started. our portfolio changed a bit from birds to macro-shots:) I see you also prefer butterflies. This is very beautiful hesperid with yellowish colors. It gives great poses usually. Your capture also great. focus, POV, colors and composition very nice. informative notes also. Thanks for sharing, best regards my friend

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-29 23:12]

Hello Ivan,

Very good presentation of this skipper. Excellent focus and sharpness. Wonderful light and beautiful vivid and shiny colours. I hope that next year I will see one of this butterfly family. I cannot remember to have seen one till now.

Excelente enfoque y profundidad Ivan, con unos colores y luz propios de la estación en que estamos. Se aprecian bien los detalles en todo su cuerpo. Sin complicaciones y muy efectiva.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-29 23:53]

Hi Ivan

Superb shot - excellent pov and detail here combined with lovely lighting. Sorry have not been on recently - work :(


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-30 0:06]

Good morning Ivan,
as usual for your picture, the object of interest stands out clearly and is
shown with excellent sharpness. Selected point of view and display window result in
a perfect and attractive picture of the skipper.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Ivan,
You have captured an excellent image here, the subject realy pops out from the screen. notes are as usual informative. TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-30 0:27]

Hi Ivan
This is quite a beauty, the colours and details are great. It is very sharp and clear. Well composed, good focus.
Well done

What a lovely shot, Ivan!Macros have quite become an art!And you come across like a genius painter!
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece, Sir!

Hello Ivan,
Technically excellent portrait and a pleasing composition. I like the way we see the fore wing on the right and the hind wing on the left. Very useful to see this way. Yhanks.

The leaf and the Skipper are well isolated from the plain and smooth BG in this image, Ivan.
The green of the leaf and the gold of this Skipper's wings go very well together.
Overall, a wonderful composition that feels good to the eyes.

A fine looking individual captured from a good POV with just enough DOF Ivan, a splendid mixture of colours and patterns my friend, TFS this fine image.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-30 3:12]

Merhaba Ivan,
Beautiful shot, with excellent detail and wonderful sharpness, very natural colours. Very good POV and exposure.
Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-30 4:22]

Hello Ivan, Very nice view and wonderful focus. Sharp picture and well done. Ganesh

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-30 5:37]

hi ivan,
this should be called 'golden skipper' for its beautiful gold colors. well captured. tfs.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-30 8:32]

Hello Ivan,

What a beautifull light in this good close-up of the skipper. You have focused well on the insect and the chosen DOF has kept it whole in focus. Therefore fine details of the heary body and texture of wings can be sharply seen. The strong light allowed nice and natural looking rendering.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Ivan,
I see You draw out from your summer supplies. Your skipper recollect me warm summer days.Good composition and light.
Regards, Pawel

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-30 11:19]

Hello Ivan
Excellent closed up.Good POV and evry sharp image.Excellent detail and light.Colors and OOF BG are very nice.
TFS Michel

Hi Ivan, lovely little skipper with fine details and splendid sharpness, great macro with wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-09-30 12:41]

Hola Ivan, buen macro, nitida y buen detalle, tonos de color naturales, buena luz y fondo limpio y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-30 13:11]
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Hi Ivan,
great macro of this Essex Skipper - do you know why it's called this?
Very sharp and detailed.
Nice lighting.
Superb composition.

Well done,

Hi Ivan,

Great close up from this Essex skipper.
Nice pov and good dof with exellent details.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-01 6:09]

Hello Ivan,
Nice image with excellent color and details, taken on what looks like a very sunny day. Thanks for sharing this and your knowledge in your notes.

hello Ivan

after viwing this superb butterfly shot i went to see if
it was shot with your new canon PowerShot G9,
fine POV, with very beautiful colours, excellent sharpness and details,



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