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Erynnis tages

Erynnis tages
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 6, The Skippers / Hesperiidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 6:25
Viewed: 3207
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Erynnis tages / Dingy Skipper / Kronwicken-Dickkopffalter oder Dunckler Dickkopffalter / Bruin dikkopje / Le point-de-Hongrie.

The Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution:
This well camouflaged, brown and grey butterfly can be confused with the Grizzled Skipper, the Mother Shipton Moth or the Burnet Companion Moth. It is probably the most moth like British Butterfly and normally rests with its wings in a moth like fashion. It is widely but patchily distributed across Britain. It occurs further north than any other Skipper in Scotland with some isolated colonies in the Inverness region. It is also the only Skipper to be found in Ireland, again with a patchy distribution but the main strongholds along the western side. A variety of habitats are used including Chalk downland, Woodland clearings, coastal dunes, railway lines and even waste ground. It is widespread in Europe, east to Asia and China, though it is on the decline in several European countries including the UK.

Life Cycle and foodplants:
The eggs are laid singly on the tender young leaves of Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus, the favoured foodplant (although Horseshoe-vetch Hippocrepis comosa and Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus pendunculatus are sometimes used). The caterpillars creates a shelter by spinning leaves together and feeds until fully grown in August. It then creates a larger tent to form a hibernaculum where they hibernate. Pupation occurs the following spring without further feeding. Adults are on the wing from mid May till Mid June.



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Hello Harm
Very intersting shot of this tiny Skipper,
Perfect details,DOF and exposure,Welldone.


Hi Harm, splendid skipper with beautiful deatails and great sharpness, good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-21 14:19]

Hola Harm,
precioso trabajo y hermoso pov,
esplÚndidos detalles y pov,

Hi Harm,
Perfect shot! Wonderful butterfly!
Excellent definition, pretty composition.
Impressive the wealth of details.
Well done!
My best regards,
JosÚ Roberto

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