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Copyright: tino valen (tinoValen2oo7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 0 N: 519] (4546)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-14
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-24 23:46
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
lente 100mm f2.8, nikon d80,

scatto a mano libera,

free hand shot,

buona giornata e buona visione a tutti,

to all a lovely day I wish,

more about, sees the link below,


The Chequered Skipper or Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon),

is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.

This butterfly has a wingspan of 29 to 31 mm. The uppersides are a dark
brown with a dusting of orange scales at the base of the wings and golden spots,
giving it its English name of Chequered Skipper. The basic pattern on the underside
is similar but the forewings are orange with dark spots, and the hindwings are russet with cream spots rimmed in black.
The sexes are similar although females are generally slightly larger.


It is widely distributed in northern and central Europe although not found in
Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark and only found very locally in Spain,
the UK and Greece. Its range extends across Asia and Japan and also into
North America (where it is known as the Arctic Skipper), across southern Canada
and the parts of northern United States including New England,
the Great Lakes area and the northwestern States, as far south as northern California.
It is generally considered a woodland butterfly and breeds in and around damp woodland,
favouring clearings and woodland paths and seems to have a particular attraction to blue woodland flowers.

Life cycle

The eggs are laid singly on tussocks of grasses.
In Scotland most eggs are laid on Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea).
In England most foodplant records were on False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
but it may have used Bromus spp. as it does in continental Europe.
In the USA, Purple Reedgrass (Calamagrostis purpurascens) is a noted foodplant.
They are laid in June or July and take about 10 days to hatch. On hatching the
larvae make shelters from rolled grass blades tied with silk from where they emerge at night to feed.
In the autumn they construct a hibernaculum by drawing together several blades and the fully grown
larvae spend the winter here. Before hibernation they are a pale green, after hibernation they are a pale beige.
Upon waking the following spring they make no attempt to feed and will rest on a blade of grass for up
to a week before pupating. The pupae are a pale buff colour with dark lines running along the length and
are well camouflaged. About five or six weeks later the adult emerges and can be seen on the wing
between May and July depending on the latitude (later further north). A very active butterfly,
it needs a lot of nectar and sunshine. However, they are less strictly diurnal than other skippers.
Although preferentially flying from the late morning to dusk, they may be found before dawn and some
time after dusk too (Fullard & Napoleone 2001).

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Hello Tino,
Lovely capture with excellent colors, details and composition.
Very good sharpness and focus. The composition is great.
Fantastic background.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Tino, buona la cattura di questa farfalla, bella la composizione e lo sfondo della foto. Un saluto, Paolo

Ciao Tino, fantastica questa farfallina che non vola dalle mie parti e non ho mai visto in natura, ottima macro, magnifica nitidezza e bei colori naturali, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao tino,
Stupenda la luminositÓ di questa foto!
La farfalla Ŕ ottimamente ripresa con dettagli e nitidezza super.
Bella la composizione e lo sfondo verde brillante.

  • maurydv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
  • [2011-04-27 13:55]
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Ciao Tino,
una esperide che non ho mai avuto il piacere di fotografare, bellissima la tua macro, grande luminositÓ e splendid colori, come sempre composizione accurata in ogni dettaglio
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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