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Small Grassdart

Small Grassdart
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon Macro EF 180mm 1:3.5 L
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-26 0:56
Viewed: 2168
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I captured this image in my daughter's yard (practising). He grew on me so I decided to post him. He is my first butterfly on TN but won't be my last. I will improve. Conditions were sunny. The photo has been cropped. Please let my known if I have not named or described the skipper properly.

Small Grassdart

Skipper Butterfly

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Hesperiidae

Sub Family: Hesperiinae

The butterflies in this family are from small to medium size. Their bodies are large and with relatively small wings. They are usually yellow or white in a dark brown background colour. They fly in a very rapid and jerky style, this is why they call skippers. They are not as colourful as the other four butterfly families.

This skipper subfamily is a group of orange and black medium to small size skipper butterflies. Most of them look similar and difficult to distinguish from one another. They rest with wings held erect.

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great angle and clarity, TFS Ori

Ciao Colin, tody we are skipper neighbour, great macro of lovely little butterrfly on beautiful blurry BG, fantastic details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-01-26 1:37]

lovely detail and effective framing here, Colin; .. colours seem natural and the bg perfectly neutralised .. TFS it


Hi Colin,

A beautiful shot of this skipper?? Excellent focus and detail, nice colours and great neutral background. Perhaps a slightly deeper dof (f7) would have shown the antenna and rear legs better.

Thanks for sharing and have a pleasant weekend, regards Bill.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-26 3:34]

Hello Colin,
What a fantastic photo of this skipper, taken from a perfect POV. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours, also in the blurred background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-26 3:54]

Hello Colin.
Great sharpness, very fine details, and very neat blurry BG.Beautiful image, colors are wonderful.Excellent shot.Regards Siggi

Hi Colin,
excellent close-up. Amazing colours. Very good point of view. Perfect sharpness and details. Very good background.
Have a nice weekend,

Nice crispy image of this beautiful skipper.

Hello Colin,
Lovely colour scheme and captured with nice sharp details.

Hello Colin,
a superb close up of this nice shipper.
great sharpness and colour.
very nice blurry BG is enhance the beauty of this nice picture.
est wishes,

Hello Colin

Congratulations for your first butterfly photo on TN,
excellent macro with fine POV and framing,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
wonderfully blurred background, TFS


Hello Colin,
Thanks for sharing a good picture with perfect sharpness,colour and Blurry BG.I like its POV also.Well done.
Kind regards,

照的很美 構圖趨於簡單卻創造另一種風格意境
使我想起齊白石的畫 他畫蝦子

Ciao Colin.
Splendida foto macro di questo esemplare di Small Grassdart,eccellente nitidezza con ottimi dettagli,belli i colori naturali ed una buona composizione,molto bene.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Colin. Wllw done indeed this capture! beautiful colours very good details for the small one. TFS the interesting specie of Hesperiidae.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-26 11:55]

Hi Colin,a perfect capture of this skipper in a classic composition,perfect exposure and colors,the eye looks like a brown diamond.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Great photo Colin! Interesting species, very good composition, wonderful colors and impressive sharpness

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-27 2:11]

Hello Colin
a definite lovely view though first timer. Nice composition of an exciting macro view f the darter. The details are splendid. The shallow depth really deliver a nice visual effect.


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