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Achlyodes mithridates

Achlyodes mithridates
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-10 18:25
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Sickle-Winged Skipper (Achlyodes mithridates)

Skippers time in Venezuela!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Domain: Eukaryota - Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
Kingdom: Animalia - Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
Subkingdom: Bilateria - (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
Branch: Protostomia - Grobben, 1908
Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa - Aguinaldo Et Al., 1997 Ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998
Superphylum: Panarthropoda - Cuvier
Phylum: Arthropoda - Latreille, 1829 - Arthropods
Subphylum: Mandibulata - Snodgrass, 1938
Infraphylum: Atelocerata - Heymons, 1901
Superclass: Panhexapoda
Epiclass: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - Insects
Subclass: Dicondylia
Infraclass: Pterygota
Cohort: Myoglossata
Order: Lepidoptera - Linnaeus, 1758 - Butterflies and Moths
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Family: Hesperiidae - Latreille, 1809 - Skippers
Subfamily: Pyrginae - Spread-wing Skippers
Genus: Achlyodes
Specific name: mithridates
Scientific name: - Achlyodes mithridates(Fabricius, 1793)

The Sickle-winged Skipper (Achlyodes mithridates) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Argentina, north through tropical America and the West Indies to southern Texas. A regular stray north to central Texas, rarely to Arkansas and Kansas.
Sickle-winged skipper (Eantis tamenund) male.jpg

The wingspan is 35–45 mm. Adults are on wing all year round in most of it’s range.

The larvae feed on leaves of Rutaceae species, including Zanthoxylum fagara in Texas and Zanthoxylum monophyllum in tropical America. Adults feed on flower nectar.

Note: that several of these subspecies are considered species by some authors.

* Achlyodes mithridates mithridates (Jamaica)
* Achlyodes mithridates papinianus (Trinidad, Cuba)
* Achlyodes mithridates tamenund (Mexico, Texas)
* Achlyodes mithridates thraso (Peru, Argentina, Greater Antilles, southern Mexico to Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil)
* Achlyodes mithridates minor (Puerto Rico, Dominica)
* Achlyodes mithridates sagra (Haiti)

Family Hesperiidae:
The Hesperiidae are members of the Superfamily Hesperioidea. Worldwide in distribution, skippers are richest in the tropics. More than 3,500 species are described, with approximately 275 in North America, many of which are found only in Arizona and Texas. Most skippers are small to medium, usually orange, brown, black, white, or gray. A few have iridescent colors. Skippers have large eyes, short antennae (often with hooked clubs), stout bodies, and three pairs of walking legs . Their flight is often rapid, making wing movement appear blurred. Adults of most species have long probicscises and feed on floral nectar, but some also take up nutrients from bird droppings. Males have scent scales found in modified forewing patches. Males of most species locate mates by perching (grass and giant-skippers), though some patrol, especially in the open-winged skippers. Globular eggs are laid singly.

Subfamily Pyrginae:
Pyrgines are primarily tropical American species of the Family Hesperiidae. There are approximately 80 North American species. Most genera are tropical, but the duskywings and checkered-skippers are mainly temperate and also occur in Eurasia . Adults of many species land with their wings open, although some perch with their wings closed or half open. They imbibe nectar from flowers, and males of many species take in moisture from moist sand or mud . Some adults also feed on bird droppings. Many tropical species rest underneath leaves when inactive . Females lay eggs singly. Most species lay eggs directly on host-plant leaves, while others lay on nearby plants or objects. Almost all species use broad-leafed plants as their caterpillar hosts, and caterpillars live in rolled-leaf or webbed-leaf shelters

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Model: SP565UZ
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/4000 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 977/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-07-10 09:41
Metering Mode: Spot
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 255 kb

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Hola Jesus:

Otra vez sacando tiempo para admirar tus fotografias. Ya casi tenemos el material listo para el catalogo de mariposas je je je (espero que con mi insistencia te animes). Veo que estas estrenando camara con tremendo telezoom. Como te ha parecido, noto diferencia en los colores. En todo caso como siempre estupenda la foto.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-10 22:13]

Hello Jesús,
I am impressed both by the diversity and richness of the butterfly life in your country, including the skippers, and by the way you portay them.
This is a fine capture of this species of Skipper, the dorsal POV showing it feeding with the wings open in a fine composition, with the sharpness and colours being superb.
Well done, thanks and thanks for your kind words on my 700th!
Buen domingo amigo,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-07-10 22:46]

Hi Jesus
Very nice image of this butterfly
Great sharpness and wonderful color


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-07-10 23:31]

Jello Jesus
New specie the same excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Jesus. Operazione difficile e ben riuscita far risaltare il dettagalio sulle ali scure. Composizione eccezionale con la farfalla in diagonale. Ottimo contrasto e bella luce.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-11 1:08]

Hi Jesus
What a great shot of this wonderful skipper!New for me....
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-11 1:28]

Hello Jesus,
Always amazing to see your Skippers. They look so special compared to ours. This one has a very pleasant rounded shape and wears its name in an excellent way. Best sharpness, we can see so well all little details of the wings. Classical shot, may be you could have placed the butterfly more on the left, but for me nothing important.
I wish you a nice Sunday
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-11 1:53]

Ciao Jesus,una forma davvero strana e dei colori scuri e molto particolari,questa e' una bellissima meraviglia semplicemente diversa e spettacolare,grande qualita' della cattura come sempre.Buona Domenica! Luciano

Parece que se pueda tocar. Estás luciéndote, ya que al igual que en tu último trabajo captas estas "difíciles" mariposas con gran naturalidad.

Ciao Jesus,
altra favolosa presentazione, ottima definizione e bellissimi colori naturali, magnifica composizione.
Grazie e complimenti

Even Skippers from your country look unique and different, Jesus.
This one does have a peculiar wing shape. The dorsal view of its open wings shows very good details and natural colours.
Well done again and thanks.

Ciao Jesus, altra meraviglia fino ad oggi sconosciuta per me, mi sta facento scoprire un mondo nuovo, e poi son tutte così belle e mostrate in maniera magnifica grazie alla tua splendida tecnica, superba macro con fantastici dettagli e meravigliosa nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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