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Atalopedes bahiensis

Atalopedes bahiensis
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-02-01 13:18
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Points: 26
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Hesperiini
Genus: Atalopedes

The genus Atalopedes comprises of 5 described species - bahiensis from south-east Brazil, flaveola from Venezuela and Colombia, carteri from the Bahamas, mesogramma from Cuba, and the most widely distributed species - campestris, which is found from the southern USA to Amazonia.
This species is found in open grassy areas including meadows, pastures, roadside verges, parks and gardens, at altitudes between sea level and about 800m in subtropical regions. In recent years the species has expanded it's range northwards, apparently in response to climate warming.
The eggs, which are smooth, globular and greenish-white in colour, are laid singly on or near the larval foodplants, which include Cynodon, Festuca, Stenotaphrum, Digitaria, Eleusine, Poa and probably several other genera of grasses.
The caterpillars when tiny are yellowish green, with a black collar and a large shiny black head. When older they become pale brown with a thin dark dorsal line, and a black head. They hide by day at the base of grass tussocks, emerging at dusk to feed at the top of the grass blades.
Males spend long periods perching on grass blades, dead flowerheads or low herbage, where they await passing females. Both sexes nectar at a wide variety of flowering plants including Verbena, Eupatorium and thistles.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-02-01 16:04]

Hello Luciano,
Congratulations on this beautiful Bahia Skipper image which is a new species here on TN. You managed to capture excellent detail and the colors are true and natural. The clarity is exceptional, I feel as though I could actually reach out and touch it. Well done!!

Remarkable capture with superb rendition of the eye of a Skipper, Luciano.
Thanks for sharing this image of a species seen for the first time here on TN.

Hi Luciano!
Superb close-up of this skipper in perfect sharpness and details, even the little hair on legs are clearly visible. Very nice exposure, a perfect point of view and a fine blurry BG. Well done and thanks for sharing and introducing a new specie on TN,
Best Regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-02-02 5:16]

Lovely specimen, recorded professionally under difficult harsh lighting conditions, with vey fine details, and eye-pleasing colors.

Well done, Luciano,


hello Luciano
super good sharpness picture
nice light and good composition
i like the colours to
thanks gr lou

Ciao Luciano

Stunning macro of this beautiful skipper, excellent sharpness and details, very nice composition, nice lighting. Thanks for sharing.



Hello Luciano - Congratulation for adding a new species here in TN. Very beautifully captured this skipper with splendid color and details. Excellent light too. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2015-02-02 11:59]

Salut Luciano
Superbe image tres lumineuse, ça sent l'été :)
Composition bien equilibrée et parfaits détails sur l'ensemble.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-02-02 21:44]

WOW! what sharpness and details!! As usual a top quality picture you have shared with us, Luciano.I am adding it to my favourite list.
Thanks for the share ,

Bonsoir Luciano,

Le cadrage serré met le papillon en évidence. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Atalopedes bahiensis. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Luciano
This is hard to get a good picture of these, but you have done a fantastic job. Lovely focus nice light and colours. Thanks for sharing. Andy Swiny

WONDERFUL detailed image with beautiful pose.

Hello Luciano

Great macro of this insect, fine POV and great DOF,
excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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