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Carterocephalus palaemon


Carterocephalus palaemon
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-21 11:40
Viewed: 1296
Points: 30
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Hesperiidae

Genus: Carterocephalus

Species: C. palaemon

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.

Primo scatto dall’ Italia per questa specie su TN.

Il palemone è presente in maniera sporadica e localizzata su buona parte dell’arco alpino; localmente può essere molto comune. Ha un volo veloce e scattante, frequenta le radure e i margini delle aree boscate, preferibilmente in vicinanza di aree umide e corsi d’acqua, fino al piano montano. Il maschio ha le ali di colore bruno scuro-nerastro con numerose aree giallo-arancioni, più estese nelle anteriori, su tutte le ali è presente una serie di macchie giallo – arancione in posizione marginale. La femmina è somigliante al maschio, ma in genere leggermente più chiara e con colorazione più pallida, La parte inferiore delle ali, simile per entrambi i sessi, è di colore bruno arancione chiaro con una serie continua di macchie giallognole in posizione marginale su tutte le ali; nelle posteriori le macchie giallognole in posizione discale e basale sono di forma ovale e contornate di scuro. Univoltina. Sverna come larva, avvolta tra le foglie tenute assieme da fili setosi, alla base delel piante nutrici. Le uova sono deposte singolarmente sulle nutrici stesse, dei generi Molinia, Calamagrostis, Brachypodium, Bromus, Dactylis, Alopercurus, Phleum, Digitaria. Quando nascono, le larve hanno vita solitaria e si impupano direttamente sulla pianta nutrice, dentro lo stesso involucro utilizzato dalle larve durante l’inverno..

Note in Italiano da: Le farfalle delle Alpi di Gianluca Ferretti. Edizioni Blu. Giugno 2012

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Ciao Roberto, questa mi manca, macro di gran classe, tutto perfetto, anche la composizione è deliziosa, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
PS fammi sapere appena puoi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-21 13:29]

Hello Roberto,
What an amazing presentation of this skipper. Sharpness and details are outstanding and the light and colours are really splendid. Taken from the best POV with a great blurred background.
Regards,
Peter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-21 14:06]

Ciao Roby,rarita' di gran bellezza,cattura deliziosa con grandi dettagli e colori,ti e' solo scappata la punta dell'ala..ehhee....buonanotte! Luciano

Ciao Roberto
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 尤其的的花紋圖案真是很新奇 也很漂亮
光線亮麗 綠葉很漂亮 非常的搭配 構圖美麗
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Hi Roberto,
very nice butterfly. Excellent sharpness and details. Perfect presentation. Nice natural colours,
have a nice day,
Maciek

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-01-22 5:11]

Ciao Roberto,
a very rare this species in my country ..
Superb macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid lighting BG, excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

hallo Roberto
super good picture and nice details
the colours and BG are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful picture of this Arctic Skipper.Nice light and POV.Details are impressive.I like its colour and nice BG too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

Impressive photo Roberto! Interesting species, good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-22 22:44]

Hello Roberto
really a wonderful shot with nice details. The small hairs are so well seen in exciting focus.
Well presented shot.

Regards
Foozi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-23 4:39]

Hi,
Beauty...the species and the image..fine composition and colors. tfs.
nagraj.v

Hello Roberto
Stunning capture, great clarity and colour with nice presentation.
Best wishes,
Samiran

Hallo Roberto
A top of the class macro. The focus is superb, the whole presentation flawless and I just love the gorgeous light. It looks as if it was posing just for you. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-23 9:07]

Hi Roberto,
Perfect portrait of this beautiful skipper. Amazing colors
and fantastic sharpness details. Nice blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-23 12:33]

Bonjour Roberto,
Un papillon difficile à photographier, il est si rapide et disparait avant de pouvoir faire la photo. Superbe lumière et netteté parfaite. Un bel arrière-plan aussi.
Bonne soirée
Anne

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