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A Lone Skipper

A Lone Skipper
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/16, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-22 2:17
Viewed: 2722
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A skipper or skipper butterfly is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. 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 in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America.
The Hesperiidae are placed in a monotypic superfamily Hesperioidea. This is because they form a lineage apart from other Rhopalocera (butterflies), which mostly belong to the typical butterfly superfamily Papilionoidea. The third and rather small butterfly superfamily are the moth-butterflies (Hedyloidea) which are restricted to the Neotropics. Hesperioidea is very likely the sister group of Papilionoidea, and together with Hedyloidea they constitute a natural group (clade). Collectively, these three groups of butterflies share many characteristics, especially in the egg, larval and pupal stage.[1]

However, skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet hook, while the typical butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae, and moth-butterflies have feathered or pectinate (comb-shaped) antennae similar to "moths". Skippers also have generally stockier bodies and larger compound eyes than the other two groups, with stronger wing muscles in the plump thorax, in this resembling many "moths" more than the other two butterfly lineages do. But unlike for example the Arctiidae, their wings are usually small in proportion to their bodies. Some have larger wings, but only rarely as large in proportion to the body as in other butterflies. When at rest, skippers keep their wings usually angled upwards or spread out, and only rarely fold them up completely.

The wings are usually well-rounded with more or less sharply-tipped forewings. There are some with prominent hindwing tails, and others have more angled wings; the skippers' basic wing shape varies not much by comparison to Papilionoidea however. Most have a fairly drab coloration of browns and greys; some are more boldly black-and-white. Yellow, red and blue hues are less often found, but some largely brown species are quite rich-colored too. Green colors and metallic iridescence are generally absent. Sexual dichromatism is present in some; males may have a blackish streak or patch of scent scales on their forewings.

Many species of skippers look frustratingly alike. For example, some species in the genera Amblyscirtes, Erynnis (duskywings) and Hesperia (branded skippers) cannot currently be distinguished in the field even by experts. The only reliable method of telling them apart involving dissection and microscopic examination of the genitalia which have characteristic structures that prevent mating except between conspecifics.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-22 2:20]

Hello Foozi,
a very goiod one my friend,very good composition, nice capture, good point of view, very good details and a fantastic dof, very good job.Best regards Siggi

Salam Foozi.
The inward perch is pleasing and the popping compound eye always attracted my attention. Your D90 rendered the background smoothly and pleasurable contrast with the skipper's colors.
Top class upload and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hello Foozi,

an suburp picture from this skipper.
Exellrnt, low pov, sharpness, dof and egal bg.
Fine colours.


Hello Foozi,
What a lovely capture with such amazing details, clarity and good focus. Fantastic background.

Bright and punchy colors with fantastic dept of field and awesome background colors friend Foozi! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Foozi. Perfetc sharp and light's management. The best details against the blurred BG.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-22 4:58]

Beautiful image of very cute little skipper, this looks like 'Bush Hopper' to me, fine composition and colors. tfs.

Marvellous isolation of a lovely Skipper in this very sharp and colourful image, Foozi.
The general yellow of the subject stands out beautifully against the green BG.
Well done and TFS.

A beautiful capture of a lone Skipper, very sharp and good colour.
Thank you Foozi!
Samiran Nandy

hello Foozi
great macro with good BG
good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
Great shot with nice details and good sharpness
nice light anf beautiful colours

hello Foozi

excellent close-up photo of this skipper,
shot with fine POV, very beautiful light
and colour tones, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-22 10:14]

Hello Foozi,

Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Also the colors and drawing on the wing are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi MF Foozi,

A fine macro capture of this beautiful and pretty skipper with nice subtle lighting and POV. The DOF, details and composition are all excellent MF!
TFS and Have a nice night!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-22 11:05]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful and superb sharp detailed photo of this skipper. The yellow of the skipper in the clear green surroundings is splendid. Eye catching eye. Pleasing blurred BG and DOF.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-11-22 12:03]

Hi Foozi,
a high quality image here, with excellent clarity and details. You have chosen a great POV to create this wonderful vivid green background - very well done!

Ciao Foozi, lovely skipper on a wonderful all green blurry BG, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2010-11-22 14:48]

Hi Foozi,maybe you work hard whit the sharpening and the result is a little oversharpenes,but i like a lot the fantastic contrast between the skipper and the green background..but i like a lot your leafs,please show me others!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Foozi,
Perfect picture,
nice detais.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 12 N: 90] (9658)
  • [2010-11-22 20:58]

Salaam Ya Foozi,

This is another piece of photography art, beautiful colours and charming lighting, TFS.


Hi Foozi,
Very good shoot of this butterfly, excellent sharpness

Hello Foozi
this shot is splendid !! i love all the very precise details, the color saturation, the composition with fine pose and POV , the whole image is a beauty
Have a good night

excellent close up!
TFS Nasos

Hola Foozi

Preciosa composición con ese fondo verde intenso y esta especie de polilla amarillenta. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Both, the notes and the image, are OUTSTANDINGLY great.
We do have "skippers" here in Canada; they fly FAST and are "reddish" in colour.
Once more your focusing is PERFECT!!!
Can "see" the antenna and all its nodules plus the eye.It is looking at you, posing

Hi Foozi,

The blurry background is putting in evidence the skipper. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the Skipper butterfly. The late morning light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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