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Thymelicus sylvestris


Thymelicus sylvestris
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-09 3:07
Viewed: 3769
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Small Skipper butterfly feeding on a thistle by the side of the footpath.The sky was darkening and rain was on its way,we had a lot of rain during the summer,I hope the next one is better!
A house move and work commitments have kept me away from TN for quite some time.I hope everyone is well,hope you like the photo.

Some info.....

Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris

Wingspan approximately 30mms.


The small skipper is really a butterfly of grassy places but may be seen in gardens where these areas are found close by. This butterfly can be distinguished from the very similar Essex skipper (Thymelius lineola) by the orange underside of the antennae ends: in the Essex skipper these are black.

Small Skippers are insects of high summer. Although they spend much of their time basking or resting among vegetation, they are marvellous flyers, manoeuvring expertly through tall grass stems. It is these darting flights, wings glinting golden-brown in the sunlight, that normally alert an observer to their presence. Closer examination will reveal many more individuals nectaring or basking with their wings held in the half-open posture distinctive of skipper butterflies.

The butterfly is widespread in southern Britain and its range has expanded northwards in recent years.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-09 3:19]

Hi Andy, nice to see you again!
Nice picture of this cute butterfly, I like low POV with sky as BG, good composition and pose. Nice work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-09 3:32]

Hello Andy!
It's very nice to see you here again.Wonderful close up.POV,details,sharpness,colors,framing,blue sky at BG and composition are excellent.TFS....:-)

Hello Andy, very nice to see you here again!
This is a very nice butterfly shot. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. This is an excellent composition about the Small skipper. Very good job. WEll done. Thanks for sharing.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-09 5:39]

Nice shot of this Hesperiidae!
Very good BG!
Also common in Portugal.
Very good colours too!

Hi Andy,
Veru nice capture - above all the low POV.
Details and colours are good.
Maybe crop could be a bit tighter.
TFS - Shir

Hi Andy nice of you to drop in.

This has a nice POV and a good DOF. It shows the details well. Nice shot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-09 8:32]

HI Andy, long time no see! Gald to see you back here again. I like the point of view here, looking up at the skipper. Very nice details on this and a good composition.

Hi Andy,
Friday Night Party night.
Only time to see this post deserves a big smiley.
TFS. Have a great weekend.

I must say, it's great to see a post from you again, I'll be back to read the notes.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-09 15:49]

Great composition, excellent job. Thanks Reina

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-09 16:46]

Hi Andy,
Great to see you posting again!
Very nice picture!
Excellent POV, beautiful composition,
nice colours and good details.
Very well done and thank you!

Hi Andy

Just back from an extended weekend. Have lots of unpacking to do. Sneaking this in inbetween. Nice work. Love the composition. Good colours and POV. TFS.

I like this composition and POV from below Andy. Very good detail, sharpness and colors in an interesting frame. Great to see a post from you Andy. Well done & Thank You!
Hope the kitchen turned out well :-)

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