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Indian Skipper

Indian Skipper
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Copyright: vijeesh babu (vijeeshbabu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 122] (661)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony DSC W110
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-23 3:02
Viewed: 1693
Points: 14
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Spialia
Species: S.galba

The butterfly ranges from Sri Lanka, South India to the Shan states in northern Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Hainan.
The butterfly is very common in India up to an altitude of 1800m.

Having a wingspan of only 24 to 27mm, Spialia galba is identified by its unique pattern of black and white spots and its small size. The upperside is dark brown to blsck in colour with a light brown gloss and many small white spots. The wings have a chequered fringe. The underside is whitish. Sexes are identical.


When sunny, the butterfly is found flying close to the ground and basking with the wings partly open. The forewing is partly closed while the hindwing is held fully open. It rests with wings closed. It has a swift, twisting but usually short flight. The Indian Skipper visits flowers, preferring those with small flowers such as Tridax procumbens, (a common weed in India) and species of Dicplitera or Bidens. It sleeps on hanging grass blades and the tips of the branches of herbs.

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-23 3:04]

A great capture of this dark skipper,not often seen on TN,the best wings position for the best details everywhere and an excellent exposure too in this cloudy day,very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Vijeesh,
Beautiful capture of this Skipper.Nice details with well sharpness all over.Nice light and beautiful green BG.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-23 4:47]

Hello Vijeesh,
Excellent presentation of this skipper in good sharpness and details. Fine DOF. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-23 7:06]

Hello Vijeesh.
Well done on a great shot. Well composed, good POV and clarity and sharpness are spot on.Regards Siggi

Hi Vijeesh,
nice photo of the butterfly. Very good point of view. I like this composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Vijeesh
蝴蝶很清晰 第一次見到這種品種 非常美麗

Hi Vijeesh,
Nice shot. The butterfly's sharp enough and the wide 2,8 provided an extremely blurred background, isolating the main compositional element from the background very well. Probably you should have cropped the image a bit more, but a good one this way, too. I like it.
Best regards, László

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