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Fiery Skipper (male)

Fiery Skipper (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruby's skippers: a collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-29 11:46
Viewed: 2883
Points: 12
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since the day am in this (new to me) land, it is the third species of Skipper that i am sharing. one year back i had no idea that this generally uninteresting family of butterflies had so much variety. if i remember well, my trip to Suntaleykhola had opened this world for me. and then there was my beloved sanctuary, CKBS, where i got to learn more. now that i know them, i know how special they are. no more uninteresting to me :)

well, this is a Fiery Skipper Butterfly. and am quite sure, a male. found this butterfly in my 'treasure island' only. it was past 7:30, and the sun was about to set. this tiny thing was glowing calmly under the golden sunlight. seen many of them before, but couldn't ignore the charisma of that moment! had to capture that divine beauty.

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) is a butterfly of the family 'Hesperiidae', which is the family of Skippers.

Description & Identification:
this particular species is approximately 2.5 cm long.
males: wide black stigma. orange or yellow with scattered black spots (underside of hindwing).
females: upper side is dark brown with a very irregular orange band. underside of hindwing is pale brown with paler checks.
antennae are very short.

Wing Span:
3.2 - 3.8 cm.

sunny, open areas such as fields, lawns, gardens, levees, roadsides, and second-growth scrub.

southern United States south through the West Indies and Central America to Argentina. cannot survive harsh winters. each summer this Skipper may stray and re-colonize north to northern California, southern Minnesota, southern Ontario, and southern New England.

information courtesy:
Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-29 12:23]

Hi Ruby,great capture of this nice skipper,i like the original point of view in "face to face" style,excellent details and beutiful light that warm the colors at the best.The eye looks like a black diamond.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-29 21:38]
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Hello Ruby, very attractive image!
I too like this POV, as it is not normally used. This is probably because you can so easily lose some DOF, unless your aperture is set very tiny.
You are correct about how many different types of skippers there really are. My one tiny pocket guide shows at least 14 different types in the US alone.
I see you used the term (It Glowed) which I can definitely relate to. I have also spotted these tiny butterflies in the last light of the day, and they do seem to have a glowing appearance to them.
Treasure Island is quickly becoming a real gem of a place for your photography excursions, you may have to someday plant a flag and claim it as your own territory:)
Have a great upcoming week!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-07-29 23:53]

excellent angle. good lighting. beautiful species. tfs.

Hello Ruby,
fine capture of this Skipper with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the beautiful colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

You really do, and I say again, show off the good eye combined with that particular camera which you are pushing to the limits..great work! Gorgeous colors...deep..rich...very very nice.

Hi dear Rubi
Wonderful capture.Excellent perspective and composition,fantastic colours and light and excellent details.Bob is right You are really pushing Your camera to the limits.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a nice day!
Best regards

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