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Ochlodes sylvanus

Ochlodes sylvanus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-10-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 13:23
Viewed: 791
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the last species flying before winter, I preferred not to cut the photo to also give a look at the autumn scenery in the background.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Ochlodes
Species:O. sylvanus

The large skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.
t was long known as Ochlodes venatus, but this is a Far Eastern relative. There is still some dispute whether this species should be considered a distinct species or included in O. venatus as a subspecies. Under ICZN rules the specific name, originally proposed as Papilio sylvanus, is invalid as a homonym (of the butterfly now called Anthene sylvanus), but it has been conserved by an ICZN commission decision in 2000.
This species occurs throughout Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone (northern Asia, China and Japan) and in the Nearctic realm. In the British Isles it occurs in England, Wales, and south western Scotland.It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites.
Ochlodes sylvanus has a wingspan of 28–32 mm. Although called "large" this is still a relatively small butterfly and not much larger than either the small or Essex skippers. The body is rather squat. The antennae are hooked at their tips. The upperside of the wings is orange-brown with a brown border and some lighter spots. The underside of the hindwings is greenish-yellow, marked with sparse yellow spots. The male has a broad scented androconial dark line across the top of the forewings. On the hindwings of the females there are brighter square marks. When the wings are opened, the forewings are obliquely folded, masking the hindwings.
The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside, and also the hook-shaped antenna tips, help to distinguish the large skipper from these two orange skippers. The Lulworth skipper also has patterned wings, but does not have the hooked antennae.
The caterpillar can reach a length of 28 millimetres (1.1 in). It has a large blackish-brown head and a bluish green body, with a dark line down its back and a yellow stripe along each side.In northern Europe these butterflies have a single brood, but in the south they may have up to three broods.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-27 17:27]

Hello Luciano,
You did a fine job of photographing this late season skipper. The overall composition is quite eye catching and you managed to obtain outstanding detail. I like the way the wings are slightly back lighted which illuminates them just a tad. I too like the way you presented the image without cropping.

Weather is changing here in India too, Luciano. Today I also took pictures of some butterflies flying around frantically as if to make the best of sunshine.
I like your idea of retaining ambience of the autumn in the background.

hallo Luciano
very nice composition with lovely colours and good sharpness
gr lou

Ciao Luciano, io di questi piccoletti ci avrò un centinaio di foto che devo sistemare, che ci faccio una gran confusione, la macro è deliziosa anche come composizione, colori gradevoli e magnifica luce, oltra alla solita perfetta qualità, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano

Very beautiful macro shot with very fine POV showing also of the
background environment, excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Luciano,
Well captured this Skipper if we look at its colour and details. Composition looks good to, although I'll go for tight crop not giving much BLANK SPACE. In such way, you could get rid of placing the Skipper in the heart of the frame. I'm not saying that placing the object heart of the frame doesn't work at all, but I think here it doesn't look perfect. Another thing, have a look on horizon line (Green) in the BG......
Look..it has crossed just behind Skipper eye and to me it bit distracting to concentrate on Skipper.

Otherwise beautiful picture,
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Luciano,
Nice specie with very good details. In my region the cold weather is here and there are no more butterflies around.

Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur aide à cadre l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Sylvaine. La lumière donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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