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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-21 8:10
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.

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 involves dissection and microscopic examination of the genitalia, which have characteristic structures that prevent mating except between conspecifics.

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Ciao Marius, lovely little skipper on a beautiful flower, fantastic details, nice blurry BG, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-12-21 8:27]

Bonjour Marius, this is an excellent composition, colors that blend well and perfect framing. Razor sharp details. Congratulations, Didier.

Excellent skipper shot you have here, Marius. The sharpness and composition are so pleasing in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards,

Buna Marius,
O fotografie excelenta despre aceasta fluture vioaie, greu de prins.Culorile sunt naturale cu detalii fine si clare, fundalul omogen, de o culoare potrivita,felicitari!
Numai bine, Joska

Hi Marius,
another beautiful photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice composition.
Have a nice evening,

hello Marius
a Beautiful skipper picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Beautiful combination of yellow and blue colours. Excellent pose, detail and background.
A fantastic photo.
regards yiannis

Hello Marius,
This is one of the best butterfly images I have seen on here. I really do not even want to begin talking about it. Colours, composition,. DOF, BG, vibrancy, sharpness, exposure control......what a pleasure!!!! I just want to sit back and enjoy it. FABULOUS!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-21 11:12]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this butterfly. Fascinating colours, DOF and composition. A beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6478 W: 89 N: 15610] (65301)
  • [2011-12-21 11:22]

Hi Marius,a top quality macro and a very elegant composition whit the skipper in its classic position,fantastic sharpness and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Buna Marius
O imagine reusita cu aceasta specie frumoasa si interesanta.Detalii si culori foarte buna si are un contrast excelent de fina.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-21 12:50]

Hello Marius.
You have made a very fine close-up of this butterfly with good sharpness and well adapted DOF. The whole insect is in focus as well as the flower beneath.
Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-12-21 15:27]

Hello Marius!
What a marvelous picture wowwwwww !!! Really a masterpiece !!! A-M-A-Z-T-N-G !!!
Many congrats my dear friend! You came close to perfection!!! Bravo!
My best wishes for the Festive Season! Merry Christmas!

Sharpness is wonderful.
And also colors... It looks like T. lineolus...

Hello Marius,
wow, fantastic capture of this skipper with excellent sharpness and outstanding details like the proboscis of the butterfly in the flower. I also like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Marius, this is a spectacular shot of this skipper. Excellent sharpness, detail and POV. You did a great job capturing it. Have a wonderful week, Bill

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-21 20:11]

Hi Marius,
Perfect capture.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

WOW!! Fantastic photo Marius. Framing, composition, BG, colours, lighting and sharpness are excellent!

just perfect Marius, all have great performance!
regards, Nasos

Your "skipper" is adorable and i just love everything about this; vibrant colors and gosh, such soft velvety reflection. WOW great job!

Buen formato, bellos colores, gran fondo y detalles...
todo es bello en esta fotografía llena de luz y "vida".
Saludos Marius: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Marius. Top sharp and details. Magnificent colours. TFS.


Hello Marius, Another fantastic image of the beautiful details and subject.Fantastic and impressive the sharpness. All the best, Paolo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-22 5:48]

Very fine image, the flowers and the skipper are superbly captured. tfs.

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