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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-15
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-01 8:21
Viewed: 1928
Points: 40
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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 3,500 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 involving dissection and microscopic examination of the genitalia which have characteristic structures that prevent mating except between conspecifics.

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Hi Marius,
what a closeup photo! Excellent sharpness and details. I also feel this butterfly. Great composition. Amazing colours.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-01 8:27]

Hi Marius,
A very beautiful close photo of this Skipper in razor sharpness and details. Splendid natural colours. I like the very good DOF and composition too.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Marius,

An outstanding macro with such fine coloration, sharpness & details. Very well composed & presented...Marius.

TFS & best wishes!

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-01 8:37]

Hi Marius,it's the skipper day on TN as i can see..ehhehe...magnificent close-up whit total sharpness and a very bright white,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, our Pyrgus are neighbour today, great macroof lovely skipper, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-06-01 9:00]

Buna Marius,
An excellent capture of this Skipper ..
Nicely composed to the corner in good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-01 9:12]

Hello Marius.
Excellent composition of this well captured Skipper! Very sharp with wonderful colour and superb details in the shot.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Buna Marius,
O poza interesanta si foarte reusita in aceasta fluturas colorata.Compozitie si detalii excelenta,culorile reusita.
Un weekend placut!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2012-06-01 9:26]

Hello Marius,
Clear! Sharp! Detailrich! Well-exposed! ... What else?
Best wishes, Peter

hello Marius
super sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
very nice shot
thanks greeting lou

Nice clean shot of this skipper


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-01 11:48]

Hello Marius,
A very fine capture of a male Pyrgus malvae, the features shown with top clarity and natural colours against a nice contrasting BG in a pleasin composition.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Ciao Marius .
Cosa vi siete massi d’accorto tu, e il mostro amico Silvio sono quasi perfettamente identiche,stupenda anche la tua con un’ottima nitidezza ed colori naturali bella la composizione.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-06-01 13:10]

Hello Marius,
A very fine and pin-sharp capture of this little Skipper! I love the sharp focus on the eyes and the 'eye lashes'!! Beautiful natural colours and a perfect colour for the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Marius,
great picture of this butterfly with excellent sharpness and lovely details. I especially like the fine management of light and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-06-01 21:21]

excelenta imagine!

perfect portrait, TFS Ori

Hello Marius
Very beautiful picture.Impressive sharpness and light,beautiful colours and details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!

Salut, Marius.

O fotografie frumoasa, cu un fluture mic si neastamparat foarte greu de surprins nemiscat.
Numai bine, Valerian.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-03 6:11]

Buna Marius,
Detaliile si claritatea sunt exceptionale ! Tina

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