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Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-07-01 7:10
Viewed: 1560
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thymelicus lineolus, (Ochsenheimer, 1808)
Essex Skipper

Turkish Name: Siyah Antenli Zıpzıp Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Turkey is anywhere.

Distribution in the world: Palearctic; Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, West Asia.

Living Area: Inhabits motley mountain meadows up to 2600 meters swampy shores of ponds, forest edges.

Flight time: One generation from Late May till August -early.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, mainly grasses of genus Phleum- (Poaceae) plants are fed up with.

Description-Notes: Species is common. The bright orange-brown wings of this butterfly attract attention when it flies or arises. Similar to Small Skipper, but with a more squat appearence. Outher half of veins are dusted with dark scales, hence black borders look diffused.Male's stigma is narrow, short and straight . Underside of its antennal club is black (orange in Small Skipper).

Wingspan: 24-28 mm long.

Similar Species:

• Small Skipper– Thymelicus sylvestris, (Poda, 1761)
• Lulworth Skipper - Pyrgus carthami, (Hübner,1813)
• Levantine Skipper – Thymelicus hyrax, (Lederer,1861)
• Large Skipper - Ochlodes sylvanus, (Esper, 1777)
• New Skipper– Thymelicus novus, (Reverdin,1916)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul..192 pp.
2. Moths and Butterflies :Europe and North Africa - Essex Skipper
3. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Turkiye Kelebek Gozlemcileri - Essex Skipper
4. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Essex Skipper
5. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Essex Skipper
6. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page - Essex Skipper
7. UK Butterflies: UK Butterflies - Essex Skipper
8. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Essex Skipper


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Hello Seyfi-Beautiful picture of this Skipper.Excellent work...Very good exposure.Splendid details and light.As usual nicely managed BG.Details on petals with water droplets look really stunning.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2014-07-01 11:40]

Seyfi bey, nefiss bir sunum daha; . harika detaylar ve kompozisyon, .. renkler de öyle; .. tebrikler, selâmlar üstâdım.

hallo Seyfi
great sharpness picture of this beauty
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Merhaba Seyfi
Superb macro my Friend!Wonderful colour combination and impressive sharpness.Very well done.Congrats!
Have a good day and thanks.

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of nice skipper on beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, superb sharpness, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-02 0:39]

Merhaba Seyfi
very beautiful skipper with the details so well presented. The flower with dews too adds to the beauty of your composition.
Excellent work my friend.


Hello Seyfi
Excellent image, nice bokeh, nice DOF and fine sharpness, very nice composition with water droplets on petals of flower,



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-02 8:10]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent macro of this skipper in the usual splendid bright colours and great sharpness. Very beautiful background too. Attractive composition.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-02 10:50]

Hi Seyfi,
A very nice close-up of this beautiful skipper.
Excellent details and amazing colors, flowers and drops too nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-07-02 10:52]

Hi Seyfi.
Once more brilliant insect picture from you. Stunning charming scene, terrific exactness of colour and details reproduction, spot on composition. Great job and TFS.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-07-04 3:41]

This is a great and perfect picture! Very good quality and also it is very beautiful. Congratulation. Saludos.


great Macro work. Detail is just brilliant. Love the POV and colours. TFS B!

Good Work...

Hallo Seyfi
What a fantastic macro with excellent details on this beautiful skipper! Great point of view, depth of field and composition. The flower covered with water droplets is an additional bonus to the lovely image. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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