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Indian Palm Bob IV

Indian Palm Bob IV
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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: 2008-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-24 1:25
Viewed: 3115
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I had a good photo session with the Indian Palm Bob Skipper on the 6th of this month.
Here is another shot of it with its wings fairly widely open. It was fluttering them, which resulted in a little blurring at the edges.
I will repeat the note on this species once again:

Indian Palm Bob (Suastus gremium gremius) has wingspan about 3-4.5 cm and dark olive-brown upperside with seven semi-transparent whitish-yellow spots (3 in the apex and 4 scattered). Its greyish brown underside is covered with buff scaling and 5 well-defined black spots. As with most skippers, it has a quick flight and rests with its wings folded closed. It loves the sun and is known to frequent low-growing flowers such as Lantana, Aztec Marigold, Asters, etc. besides ornamental Palms.


• Scientific name: Suastus gremius gremius
• Common name: Indian Palm Bob, Palm Bob
• Kingdom: Animalia
• Phylum: Arthropoda
• Class: Insecta
• Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
• Family: Hesperiidae
• Subfamily: Hesperiinae
• Genus: Suastus
• Species: S. gremius gremius

Food plants:

Mainly ornamental palms such as Calamus, Caryota, Cocos nucifera (Coconut Palm), Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm), etc.


India and Sri Lanka to Thailand and Southern China, Malaysia, Singapore and the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Source: http://www.jaycjayc.com/suastus-gremius-palm-bob/

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

matatur, boreocypriensis, Maite, eqshannon, Amadeo, maurydv, gracious, haraprasan, cicindela, jazdzurka, NinaM, gannu, pablominto has marked this note useful
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Thanks for the fine macro shot of this beautiful day moth Ram, the velvety texture of its body and wings are perfectly depicted here in great detail over the contrasty greenish BG. As usual, a very good composition my friend.

Hello Sir Ram,
Splendid macro capture of a Indian Palm Bob with wonderfull DOF and BG.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-24 4:10]

Hi Ram,
great Marco shot, very sharp and crisp. Great POV to observe this little skipper.
Love the composition, very nice OOF bg that shows off the insect very well.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-24 4:20]

Hello Ram
It is delightful to have the occassion to make such a complete session with one specimen and capture all its poses. You seized it perfectly well and made the best to our enjoyment. I really love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

I keep seeing my name on these Skippers and as sychronicity would have it, a few back I called you Mr Skipper...How interesting...I philosophize so much with images...that is what makes them so ali9ve...the words...it is all in the words...you re-taught me that Ram...Super image of course.

Hola Ram.
Fantástica imagen.
Genial bg y extraordinarios tonos.
Buen comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Hola Ram, excelente composición, nitidez y buenos de talles, el fondo muy cuidado da mas valor a la fotografia. Un saludo

Bellissima macro, ottimo POV, molto belle le linee compositive e la scelta della DOF, ottimi dettagli e molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ram,
Good one with nice Bg. good compo, and slight reduction of Green would be better.

Hello Sir,
Many thanks for the sharing of this beautiful Skipper which well captured and composed!
the exposure and focus is spot on with very fine details in the shot and I loved the pose of it!
my respect towards your works in contribution of butterfly in this big family of nature and a talented one, Sir!
my best regards to you and family
greeting from NZ

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful skipper butterfly. Although not parallel but very good DOF maintained. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-04-24 12:11]

Hello Ram,

No time again. Only marking.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-24 13:32]

Another excellent macro of this Skipper, Ram!
Amazingly good DOF for f/5.0 and great focusing one the eye and head.
Sharp and crisp with good detail.
I think the DOF could be a bit deeper. An aperture of f/16 usually works well and then a touch of flash will bring the shutter speed back up to about 1/200.
Brilliant BG that contrasts perfectly with the brown Skipper.
Very nice work my friend!


Hello Ram
Beautiful picture. I like this olive brown butterfly on this green background.
Well composed and exposed. Sharpness also very good.
Thanks for showing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-25 3:50]

Hi Ram,
Excellent shot of this Skipper again and you have portrayed it with immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superb lighting, exposure and DOF. I like the pose captured on the edge on that leaf. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-25 4:26]

Sir, I thought of writing that this is not Ram sir's normal picture then I read your note. The eye view shot is perfect. Ganesh

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-25 4:40]

Your picture is beautiful, Ram, I love the velvet background, the soft light and the natural colours on this one. The butterfly is a simple one yet very nice, this is a stunning macro. thank you!


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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-04-25 5:59]

Hi Ram Sir,
In fact I also came across one of these moths, a couple of days back, but unfortunately i didnt have my camera then.
Good composition. I like the way the moth sits on the egde of the leaf.

Hello Ram,
This guy seems very cooperative and gives a really fine pose here!
Skillful capture, the details in the insect is very well recorded and the 3-D feeling is there...
A pleasant composition where I appreciate the diagonal!
Pablo -

Dear Ram!
Very artistic POV, but still a very good documentary picture of this small butterfly species. I like contrast between green BG and natural colours of insect. You kept the main object with very good details and sharpness, what - in my opinion - was not too easy, especially from this point of view :)
Best greetings,

Hola Ram,
Muy bueno el acercamiento que lograste al retratar ese saltarín, como se le llama aquí. Bello fondo, posadero y colores.

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