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Small Skipper

Small Skipper
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-12 13:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris). I got this shot from sundays visit to college lake nature centre.
The area where this was taken had so many small butterflys, but this was one of the few which was resting long enough to get a few shots off.

Thymelicus sylvestris

Small Skippers are insects of high summer. Although they spend much of their time basking or resting among vegetation, they are marvellous flyers, manoeuvring expertly through tall grass stems. It is these darting flights, wings glinting golden-brown in the sunlight, that normally alert an observer to their presence. Closer examination will reveal many more individuals nectaring or basking with their wings held in the half-open posture distinctive of skipper butterflies.

The butterfly is widespread in southern Britain and its range has expanded northwards in recent years.

European/world range
Much of Europe, as far north as the Baltic States and Denmark and east to the Urals. Also in North Africa and the Middle East. Its distribution in Europe is generally stable with some northward expansion.

The Small Skipper almost exclusively uses Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), although several other grasses have been recorded as foodplants, for example Timothy (Phleum pratense), Creeping Soft-grass (H. mollis), False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis), and Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata).

Small Skipper colonies are found where grasses are allowed to grow tall. Typical habitats are unimproved rough grassland, downs, verges, sunny rides, and woodland clearings. Colonies can occur on small patches of suitable habitat such as roadside verges and field margins.

Notes from www.butterfly-conservation.org

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Great shot Alan!
Perfect details and sharpness!
I like skippers very mcuh!

Fantastic capture Alan, lovely details and POV. I may have preferred more space to the right for composition. Really nice work.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-07-12 14:49]

Super macro Alan, les détails du papaillon sont parfaits. Les variations des teintes de bruns parraissent bien. bonne netteté. merci

beautiful image well seen and taken

I like to see your macro work improve like this. Very nice composition.

Colors/levels: ***
Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

Very good macro shot with excellent colours and very good sharpness.

Superbe photo Alan ! Très réussie.
Une très belle lumière également.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-12 17:23]

Hi Alan, very nice shot indeed! Good composition and the details are excellent. Very well done on this one.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-12 18:27]

Hello Alan,
A great capture of this Skipper.
Excellent composition,sharp detail and a perfect background.
Nice one,well done.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-12 20:07]

Hello, Alan, this is a beauty.

Nice and warm colors, great composition and pov, very nice blurred bg.

A great job.

Hi Alan,
A beautiful shot. The composition is superb. I think the color and detail are perfect. Perfect OOF backround. EXCELLENT!

A fantastic capture, Alan! Love the OOF background and excellent sharpness on the butterfly. What a strange hairy beast this is! Oh, wait, I was talking about my husband! ;^)



The shot!
very sharp and very nice composition!
TFS, Laurent

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-13 3:38]

Hello Alan!
Lovely capture.Lighting,clear details,sharpness,framing,POV and composition are perfect.Excellent work!

Excellent macro, Alan!
Perfect lighting, great colour, good sharpness.
Superb shot!

Pose is excellent, good work, Very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition. Thanks for sharing

Hello Alan

Great macro. Details are very well rendered. Sharpness is wonderful. Can almost count the hairs. POV is spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-13 4:48]

Big eye and small insect ;-) I like these butterflies, they're not too shy and like to pose. Great details, every hair is well seen. Also composition and BG are perfect.

Hi Alan
Sharpness: 4.5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 4.5/5
POV: 4.5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

Fabulous photograph, and a fascinating description to boot...Good work!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-13 5:24]

Nice one Alan. This macro is so good, so sharp and the skipper and grass are so clear to see. Excellent colours and details. Well done, thank you.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-13 6:23]

Hi Alan,

Wonderful picture with a strong composition and lovely colors. Details are very good and the POV is great. Focus on the head is perfect, but the top of the wings seem slightly oof ... Anyway, this is a fabulous shot and I wish I would be able to shoot like this! Well done & TFS!


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-13 6:26]

It's a Hesperidae.
Very good photo!
5* photo!
Perfect details and sharpness!
Common species in my country, Portugal.

Alan, Good sharp detail and use of ambient light. Nice POV and composed well also...Great work, well done!

Hello Alan!
Wonderful shot crisp clear details,sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-13 13:37]

it's a great one Alan,
it's a perfect shot, great pov, great dof, good composition, everything is perfect, my compliments, Masterpiece,
gr. Jaap

This a very beautiful picture, Alan.
I like the soft warm colours and the great composition.
Nice colours and the focus is spot on.
Excellent work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-14 4:27]

What a wonderful hairy butterfly !!! Composition, colors, BG, POV, DOF and details are great ! Congratulations Alan and thanks for sharing.

Excellent capture Alan! Great composition, nice BG. Sharpness and details are perfect.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-15 22:13]

Hello Allan!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend in England!

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-07 12:06]

Boa foto, cores e nitides muito boas!

Hi Alan!
Excellent quality on this skipper. Very sharp and nice composition. Good DOF.

Hi Alan, lovely crisp shot of this Small Skipper. The exposure and sharpness are excellent. I'd leave a little more space at the back of it but otherwise perfect :)

Hi Alan,
Wonderful close-up!
Sharp, details, colors and light are perfect!
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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