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Large Grizzled Skipper

Large Grizzled 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, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-28 6:55
Viewed: 1479
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pyrgus alveus, (Hübner, [1800-1803])
Large Grizzled Skipper
Skipper alveus

Turkish Name: Büyük Boz Zıpzıp Kelebeği.

Distribution in Turkey: Eastern Anatolia, Northeastern Anatolia.

Distribution in the world : Northwest Africa, Europe to Scandia, Asia Minor and the Caucasus, eastwards across Siberia and Central Asia to the Far East and East China.

Living Area: High-altitude butterfly. Flowery alpine open grassy habitats, forest edges and clearings, hill slopes, mountains up to 1600 - 2,700 meters and even higher.

Flight time: For the year One generation or two. Late July-early August months between. Depending on the climate and conditions that have been observed flying until the middle of August.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Rock roses (Helianthemum spp.), Broadleaf Weed (Potentilla spp.) also Agrimonia spp. with plant species in the genus.

Description-Notes: Type locality : South Germany. This is one of the larger Pyrgus species. This is a rather variable species. It is not easy to distinguish this species Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper and Caucasian Skipper. Resembles Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper, but ground color is lighter brown, white spots on forewing are often smaller, middle of hindwing looks brihgter, and forewing looks livelier and multi-colored. Ground color is bright olive-brown, and white spots form somewhat coherent median and submarginal bands; note that white spots at leading edge of hindwing are especially conspicuous .

Wingspan: 26-32 mm long.

The origin of the name: Alveus (Latin) - die for the dice. The name reflects the spotted pattern on the wings of a butterfly.

Similar Species:
• Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper- Pyrgus armoricanus, (Oberthür, 1910)
• Alpine Grizzled Skipper- Pyrgus andromedae, (Wallengren, 1853)
• Sandy Grizzled Skipper - Pyrgus cinarae, (Rambur, [1839])
• Olive Skipper- Pyrgus serratulae, (Rambur, 1839)
• Safflower Skipper- Pyrgus carthami, (Hübner, [1813])
• Bolkar Skipper - Pyrgus bolkariensis , (De Prins & Poorten,1995)
• Grizzled Skipper- Pyrgus malvae, (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Caucasian Skipper- Pyrgus jupei, (Alberti,1967)


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.188 pp.
2. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi – Large Grizzled Skipper
3. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Large Grizzled Skipper
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey – Large Grizzled Skipper
5. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species – Large Grizzled Skipper
6. Wolfgang Wagner: Lepidoptera and their ecology – Large Grizzled Skipper
7. Butterflies of France : Butterflies of France – Large Grizzled Skipper
8. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey – Large Grizzled Skipper
9. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa – Large Grizzled Skipper



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Hello Seyfi,
Nice to see your images. Remarkable photo and comments. This lovely specie has wonderful natural colors. The contrast against the background is superb. Very nice photo taken from a excellent POV.
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Seyfi
this is a beautiful picture with nice BG and good sharpness
the colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

Gia sou Seyfi

Perfect image, absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing a so beautiful image.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-28 10:30]

Hello Seyfi,
An excellent macro in superb sharpness and details. Splendid contrasting colours with a nice blurred background. Great composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Seyfi - Excellent presentation of this Skipper with useful NOTE and Links. Splendid details and well managed BG. I like its composition too. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-28 13:05]

Hi Seyfi,fantastic macro of this skipper,very rare and truly beautiful,its wings design is magnificent,and your pic is another time a masterwork,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-12-03 5:06]

Hello Seyfi,
For once you show a species we have too in our area. An excellent picture as usual.
Nothing to critique.
Kind regards

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