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Hesperiidae -3- (Anastrus sempiternus)

Hesperiidae -3- (Anastrus sempiternus)
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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: 2009-11-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My photos in Treknature / Mis Fotos en Treknature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 5:56
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06/11/09 -> Thanks Ivan (argus) for ID: (Anastrus sempiternus)... bravo my friend!

For more info: Anastrus sempiternus

I had been away for a business trip. So had not posted anything the past two days.

This photo was taken in the garden of my mother, it is a Skipper, who has a habit of remaining perched among the branches of shrubs. To take the photo I had to use fill flash at 1 / 3 in manual mode, because the light in the foliage, are very low. This skipper is quieter than others of the same family and usually feed on nectar from flowers located in the foliage, where the incidence of solar radiation is lower.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Hesperioidea
Family: Hesperiidae (Latreille, 1809)


Megathyminae (disputed)

From: Wikipedia

A skipper is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, and superfamily Hesperioidea (there is only one family in this superfamily). They are named after their quick, darting flight habits. There are more than 3500 recognized species of skippers and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity occurring in the tropical regions of Central and South America.
All butterflies other than skippers are classified into either the superfamily Papilionoidea or theneotropical superfamily Hedyloidea. Collectively, these three groups of butterflies share many characteristics, especially in the egg, larval and pupal stage (Ackery et al. 1999). However, skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet hook, while regular butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae and hedylids have feathered or pectinateantennae, giving them an even more moth-like appearance than skippers. Skippers also have generally stockier bodies than the other two groups, with stronger wing muscles. Hesperioidea is very likely the sister group of Papilionoidea, and together with Hedyloidea constitute a natural group or clade.
There are about 3500 species of skippers. They are usually classified in the following subfamilies:

*Awls, Awlets and Policemen (Subfamily Coeliadinae, about 75 species)

*Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae, over 2000 species)

*Skipperlings (Subfamily Heteropterinae, about 150 species)

*Giant Skippers (Subfamily Megathyminae, about 18 species)

*Spread-winged Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae, about 1000 species)

*Firetips (Subfamily Pyrrhopyginae, about 150 species)

*Australian Skippers (Subfamily Trapezitinae, about 60 species)

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A truly unique species of Skippers you got for us there, Jesus.
The picture is very sharp and shows the colours and patterns on the wings very effectively.
The green foliage serves well to highlight the brown subject.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-06 6:08]

Hi Jesus.
Skillful picture of the beautiful butterfly. I have not met such attractive colouration. I welcome effective use of flash. Insect and surrounding leaves are reproduced with great details. POV and composition are excellent. Superb presentation of this cute creature. All the best for the trip.

Ciao Jesus,
una bellissima macro di questo Esperide, straordinaria definizione e perfetta gestione dell'esposizione con colori dalle belle tonalità e ricchi di sfumature, eccellenti il punto di ripresa e la composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana

Ciao Jesus, è un'onore averti vicino con questa fantastica farfallina, nuova per me, bellissima macro con magnifici dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-06 6:20]

Hello Jesús,
A fine close-up of this skipper, taken from a fine POV to show it resting with the wings open with excellent sharpness and colours to contrast well against the leafy BG in your mother's garden.
There are many species of Skipper in Venezuela, but i have been able to fine the ID here: it is the Tropical Dusky-wing (Anastrus sempiternus), a nice fresh specimen.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Jesús

a superb close-up photo of this butterfly,
shot with fine POV & DOF, superb focus
great sharpness and details, one of your best,



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-06 7:15]

Hello Jesus
Excellent presentation, natural colors and great details

hello Jesus
very goodsharpness composition with very good BG.
great details and beaiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Jesus
Another fine butterfly photo...Excellent natural color and POV...TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-06 8:32]

Wonderful moth!
Great details and colors.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-11-06 8:47]

Hola Jesus,
that's a really brilliant and fine picture of that skipper.
Because, compreehensive literature on neotropical skippers is largely missing,
I hope that you post more of them.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-06 8:53]

Hello Jesus,
Excellent capture of this fabulous Skipper in beautiful light. Wonderful details of the wing markings and the dark brown colour is wonderful. Well composed too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Jesus. Una definizione d'eccellenza per questa, per me, sconosciuta farfalla. Il dettaglio sulle nervature e disegno delle ali è impressionante. Ottima la profondità di campo. Una delle tue migliori macro. Ben fatto e TFS.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-06 10:07]

Very nice photo, with great colors and details!

Ooooohhhhh, Jesus,
this one is wonderful.
The colour is so noble, everything is perfect at the wings.
Wide open, warming in the sun, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-06 10:58]

Hello Jesus,
What a special one! Also a photo in great quality! The sharpness and details are excellent. Beautiful colours, the flash did good work here. Very nice POV and composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hi and Good Morning MF Jesus,

Stunning macro of a spectacular pretty skipper from top POV with excellent DOF, clarity and delightful composition.
TFS & Cheers,


Bueno, como has escrito mucho y además no entiendo el Inglés, he dedicado más tienmpo a la observación de tu mariposa jeje.
A Argus le tenemos que hacer alguna cosa...cuantas especies ha llegado a identificar este Señor !
La toma, perfeccionista diría yo, como siempre, ya que procuras cuidar todos los aspectos técnicos de la imagen; pero no solo eso, sino que aportas también una dosis importante de arte y creatividad artística.
Como siempre admiro que a f2.8 consigas buena profundidad, como vemos en la cabeza, aunque lo que es diferente y destaca en esta toma, a mi gusto, son la luz y los colores sobre todo.
Esos marrones son "rompedores" y sus brillos bien trabajados.
Vamos, que estaría un buen rato comentando con mis justos conocimientos del tema, pero prefiero seguir mirándola:-)

Saudos Jesús:

Josep Ignasi.

hello Jesus
beautiful shot and superb butterfly, i like his dark brown wings with blueish markings, great contrast against the green leaves i the BG
The details are amazing
have a great Sunday

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