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Small Skipper

Small Skipper
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): In Tandem With My Muses: Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-21 4:43
Viewed: 2788
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Skippers are a group of insects in the order Lepidoptera. The skippers are usually counted as butterflies, but they are somewhat intermediate between the rest of the butterflies and the remaining Lepidoptera, the moths.
Skippers are classified in the superfamily Hesperioidea, which includes only one family, the Hesperiidae. They differ in several important ways from the remaining butterflies, which are classified in superfamily Papilionoidea. Skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward, have stocky bodies, and possess stronger wing muscles and better eyes. Nonetheless, the two superfamilies are regarded as sister taxa, so the butterflies collectively form a true clade. In fact, some taxonomists place the family Hesperiidae within the superfamily Papilionoidea.

There are about 4000 species of Skippers. They are usually classified in the following subfamilies:
1. Awls, Awlets and Policemen (Subfamily Coeliadinae, about 75 species)
2. Firetips (Subfamily Pyrrhopyginae, about 150 species)
3. Spread-wing Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae, about 1000 species)
4. Skipperlings (Subfamily Heteropterinae, about 150 species)
5. Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae, over 2000 species)
6. Australian Skippers (Subfamily Trapezitinae, about 60 species)

Some authorities treat the Giant Skippers as a separate family, the Megathymidae, but more modern classifications place them within the subfamily Hesperiinae in the family Hesperiidae.

Many species of skippers look frustratingly alike. For example, some species in the genera Erynnis, Hesperia, and Amblyscirtes cannot currently be distinguished in the field by experts, the only reliable method of telling them apart involving dissection and examination of the genitalia.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipper_%28butterfly%29

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-21 5:41]

Hello Ram,
Very attractive skipper-picture with nice colour-combination (grey-brown-green) and good sharpness on the insect. I have also a lot of difficulies to identify "my" skippers. I hope you are pleased at your new home-place.
Best regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-21 5:48]

hello ram
well close-up working on these pleasant skipper and beautiful plant
composition, point of view, blurred background, colours, details and note are great
thnaks for sharing

bonjour ram
netteté et details sont tres presents sur cette image,le POV est bon et le BG parfaitement flou.

Hi Mr. Ram,
An excellent composition of wings opened POV of this beautiful skipper butterfly. Very rarely these insects open their wings. And its your luck that you found it. Very nice details too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ram !
This is a beautiful Skipper, in France they are aways orange and never this beautiful brown color. The detailsand textures on the moth are excellent, as well as the composition and the colors. The subject stands out very nicely on the blurred BG.I also liked your very interesting note. Well done !

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-21 6:59]

salut Ram
jolie prise de vue tout en contraste de couleurs. Le petit papillon est idéalement placé au sommet de cette feuille, ce qui guide bien le regard. Excellente netteté, avec juste un peu trop de lumière sur la végétation.

Very nice symmetry which defines the shot well Ram. Yes it does have a more "muthy" appearance as Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau would have said...well he did say it actually....Walk this way...


Hi Ram.
Nice and controled picture of this skipper. I would have cropped tighter to see better details, as focus and exposure look really good :)
Thanks very much, MF.
Enjoy your WE. Regards, Felipe.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-21 7:15]

Hi Ram,

You caught this Skipper in a wonderful position - I love the wings. Details are excellent showing the lovely markings. The color combinations are beautiful - nice browns and greens. Very lovely picture.


Hi Ram, lovely small skipper with great details and good sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

selam ram, excellent macro shot and very good composition of this skipper nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

hello mr thakur,
very attractive shot of the skipper, nice point of view, sharp image, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-21 8:19]

sir, what an amazing shot. Lovely details and sharp focus. Ganesh

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-21 9:18]

Hi Ram,
Perpect pov, excellent colours, exposure, bg and dof. A very nice capture!
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-21 10:59]

Hi Ram.
Beautiful picture with this butterfly/moth.Really,the skippers are very interesting insect.I like youre captured,which very pretty shows his typical holds of wings and his typical pose on leaf too.Colors and details are great,he get off from blurry BG very well.Very nice done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Ram,
it's a beautiful Skipper and I like the view from above. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-21 13:53]

Hola Ram,
prefecta macro y detalles excelentes,
original trabajo y pov,

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-07-21 14:18]

Hi Ram,
Very good shot of the skipper. Fantastic POV with perfect DOF.
Great details. And finally very interesting note.
Congratulations MF!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-22 1:35]

Hello Ram,
Superb capture of this beautiful Skipper sharply in focus on the variegated leaves. Details are very sharp and the colour beautiful. It looks really good against that soft background and the composition is excellent.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Ram,
Excelente toma de gran definición y detalles, la composición es muy hermosa, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Ram,
Looks like you are busy after retirement :-).
This is a typical wing position of a skipper and i like it. With all those white around it must have been a very difficult to get a correct exposure and you have done extremely well to get a proper exposure. Hoping to see more pics from my beloved motherland!

Hi ram,
excellent close-up shot with great sharpness,superb composition
well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 5:13]

Hi Ram,
Splendid close-up shot of the Skipper with immaculate sharpness and crisp details. Nice colours and fine focus. The smooth BG and white/green leaves present a superb contrasting base for the Skipper to stand out. Excellent POV to portray it and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Ram,
Well focused with great detail, color, and exposed nicely. I like the composition, excellent note man :)
Well done!

Hello Ram
Excellent shot of this Skipper,
Perfect details,lighting and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot, Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello Ram,
An interesting composition, where you make cleverly use of the shape of the flower!
DOF spot on with superb textures and sharp fine details in the insect...
Attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 7:25]

Hi Ram,
a great shot of this Skipper.
Sharp with great details and an isolating DOF.
Well done,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-24 23:39]

Hello Ram,
This one is also excellent.Love the sharp details you show here.POV,BG and lighting are wonderful.

Hello Ram

Lovely macro shot,showing great detail and colour with a superb composition.

Best wishes

Anita & Mike

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