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Yellow-banded Skipper

Yellow-banded Skipper
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2418] (10662)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-03 6:02
Viewed: 2418
Points: 44
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Pyrgus sidae, (Esper,1784)
Yellow-banded Skipper

Turkish Name: Sarıbandlı Zıpzıp Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, western Spain, Southeastern France, Italy, the Balkan Peninsula, the steppe zone from SE Europe, Iran, Armenia-The Trans-Caucasus, the North-West Asia, the Urals, Kazakhstan.

Living Area: Widespread though local from sea-level to 1800 meters. Dry warm grassy and rocky places, mostly but not exclusively on calcareous rock.

Flight time: One generation. Late April-early Agust, but mid- May to July in most of the interior.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, Malva - (Mallow), and Potentilla-(Cinquefoil) plants are fed up with.

Description-Notes: This is a lovely butterfly, rather surprising for this genus of very similar and arguably rather dull butterflies. Be the best way to distinguish is to look at the bottom of the wing. Orange yellow, sometimes with two rows at the bottom of the wing-band is a species easy to distinguish. Upper sides are sooty brown to black; note the two white spots at forewing costal margin between rectangular discoidal spot and three subapical spots(these spots are absent or much less apparent on all other grizled skippers) and extensive dusting of basal gray scales. Two broad yellow orange bands on underside of hindwing are uniqe.

Wingspan: 24-28 mm long.

Similar Species:

• Safflower Skipper - Pyrgus carthami, (Hübner,1813)

1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul..188 pp.
2. O.Kocak's :Turkiye'nin Kelebekleri - Yellow-banded Skipper
3. Moths and Butterflies :Europe and North Africa - Yellow-banded Skipper
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Turkiye Kelebek Gozlemcileri - Yellow-banded Skipper
5. Captain's : European Butterfly Guide - Yellow-banded Skipper
6. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Yellow-banded Skipper
7. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Yellow-banded Skipper


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-03 6:37]

Wow, what a lovely skipper, beautiful colors and design..well captured with fine composition, the lovely flowers as perch is superb. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-03 6:39]

Hello Seyfi,
A fantastic macro in sharpness, details, colours and composition. Excellent POv and a very beautiful blurred background.

Merhaba Seyfi
Fantastic macro of this wonderful species.Great close composition,wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 434] (8636)
  • [2013-04-03 6:59]

Merhaba Seyfi Bey,
Sarı bantlı kadife harika,çiçekle çok güzel-net çekim,tebrikler..

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful skipper you captured with great perfection.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6548 W: 89 N: 15638] (65411)
  • [2013-04-03 7:38]

Hi Seyfi,a new magnificent page in your gallery of wonders,very rare skipper and spectacular capture whit the best details and bright colors,the eye looks like a black diamond! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-04-03 7:43]

İstisnai cazibede bir çekim olmuş, Seyfi bey; .. gerek kelebekden gerekse çiçekden ince detay aktarımı özendiriyor. Ardalanın ezikliği ve renk tonları tabloyu en iyi şekilde tamamlamış. Fevkalâda AD ile nefis bir çalışma; .. kutlarım.
Selâmlar. :)


Hello Seyfi,
Excellent sharpness and captured from a perfect PoV,lovely composition.

Simply superb with bright colors, a wonderful BG and excellent sharpness.


Hi Seyfi,
amazing warm colours. Perfect point of view. A lot of details. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Merhaba Seyfi, great macro of fantastic skipper on beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi

Very beautiful macro of this butterfly over its flower,
with fine POV and DOF, great focus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS


Beautiful butterfly and fantastic photo Seyfi! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

Salam Seyfi.
Your collection of butterflies are beautiful and sharp. This one exhibits fine colors and details. Excellent shot against the smooth background. Thanks and kind regards.

TFS the rare one MF Seyfi! Top quality. Exciting colours. Well done indeed.


Hi Seyfi,

You're capturing well this butterfly a good composition, good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Yellow-banded Skipper which has the spot pattern yellow and black in the white keynote. The whole is harmonized well by the beautiful color combination and good angle, too.

Kind regards,

Hello Seyfi
An exceptional image, superb composition, excellent detail and beautiful colours.
One of the most beautiful skippers too.
regards yiannis

Hello Seyfi,
Another fascinating photo with razor sharp details, very nice colors and perfect exposure. As usual a exceptional image. The colors are outstanding.....Amazing focus and clarity....It is a superb butterfly species witch I never meeet.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-09 4:51]

Hello Seyfi,
Superb butterfly picture! An interesting species too. Perfect sharpness, beautiful blurred background and light. Bravo!

Hallo Seyfi
A great macro. The photography is super, sharpness of the butterfly praiseworthy and overall presentation very pleasant. This image has placed a sparkle in my eye. I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-12 10:41]

Hell Seyfi,

Another wonderful shot, love the color combination. Both flower and butterflies are matching and complementing to each other. Excellent focus on the subject and isolating them from the surrounding.

Great quality shot with beautiful and natural colors.


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