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Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages
Photo Information
Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 9 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-12 8:30
Viewed: 3044
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Erynnis tages(Linnaeus, 1758)/ Dingy Skipper / Kronwicken-Dickkopffalter oder Dunckler Dickkopffalter / Bruin dikkopje / Le point-de-Hongrie.

The Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution:
This well camouflaged, brown and grey butterfly can be confused with the Grizzled Skipper, the Mother Shipton Moth or the Burnet Companion Moth. It is probably the most moth like British Butterfly and normally rests with its wings in a moth like fashion. It is widely but patchily distributed across Britain. It occurs further north than any other Skipper in Scotland with some isolated colonies in the Inverness region. It is also the only Skipper to be found in Ireland, again with a patchy distribution but the main strongholds along the western side. A variety of habitats are used including Chalk downland, Woodland clearings, coastal dunes, railway lines and even waste ground. It is widespread in Europe, east to Asia and China, though it is on the decline in several European countries including the UK.

Life Cycle and foodplants:
The eggs are laid singly on the tender young leaves of Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus, the favoured foodplant (although Horseshoe-vetch Hippocrepis comosa and Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus pendunculatus are sometimes used). The caterpillars creates a shelter by spinning leaves together and feeds until fully grown in August. It then creates a larger tent to form a hibernaculum where they hibernate. Pupation occurs the following spring without further feeding. Adults are on the wing from mid May till Mid June.



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-12 8:33]

Excellent capture taken with great details and natural colors

Great capture this Dingy Skipper, nice colors, sharpness!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-08-12 11:42]

Hello Harm,
structures and colours of the skipper are well reproduced. Also the dark parts of the body
are well exposed and clearly visible. Sharpness is excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello, Harm
Well done with this attractive image of this little butterfly - I have an almost identical image in my collection! With such a small insect and close working distances it is difficult to get both antennae and all four wings within the DOF, but it is nicely done here.
Regards, Nigel.

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