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Large Skipper

Large Skipper
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-07 21:52
Viewed: 1416
Points: 30
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Ochlodes venatus (Large Skipper) [in Turk. Orman Zıpzıbı]

Today a skipper showing characteristically fast skipping flight and a penchant for repelling other species that pass through its territory. I captured this beauty in Ünye (Ordu province).

TFL and Cheers,

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, Ege University, Faculty of Science. All Rights Reserved.


The Large Skipper is a common grassland butterfly that flies between May and September, it has a wingspan of 30-35mm with the upper wings of both sexes being brown with orange spots and patches. The male has a black line of scent scales, whilst the female has brighter spots and patches. The underside of the wings in both sexes is a yellowish brown with paler spots and tinged with greyish green.

It is found in Europe, Turkey (except Aegean, West Mediterranean and C Anatolian regions), temperate Asia to China and Japan.

The Large Skipper can be found in a range of grassy places, the edges of woods and mountains up to 2000m. It has one brood (univoltine), the eggs are laid in 'tents' formed by a rolled up blade of grass. The larva (caterpillar) feeds on a variety of tall grasses and hibernates as a fully grown caterpillar.

It is common but a lovely insect, unmistakable for any other butterfly except perhaps the silver-spotted skipper (Hesperia comma), which has a very different underside and begins flying much later in the year.

1. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
2. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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Ciao Bayram, beautiful skipper against lovely blurry BG, excellent sharpness and fantastic details, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Une macro de belle qualité avec de très jolies couleurs et une belle mise en page.

Hello Bayram! Wonderful Skipper, excellent scene, marvelous capture. Good sharpness. Very good macro. Well done!

hello Bayram
how are you friend?
another lovely shot
good sharpness and details
fine colours and light

Manuj Mehta

Excelente imagen acompañada de un buen documento
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Selam Hocam,
Işık + kompozisyon+ sabır = harika bie belge kıvamında çekim
Selahattin E

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-08 9:42]

Merhaba Bayram,
Very nice this macro which suited us. Very well played, congratulations.
Have a nice evening,

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-10-08 10:13]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
zıp zıpın yeşille kontrastı müthiş.Siyah çerçeveli kareyede çok yakışmış.Ellerinize sağlık.Necla.

0Merhaba Hocam,
Mükemmel işık ve renk gösterisi.Eline sağlık.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-10-08 12:12]

merhaba hocam...
orman zıpzıbına selam...
harika bir çekim ve paylaşım, renk,ışık ve netlik harika...selamlar

Hello Bayram,

I like how you have focussed sharply on the buuterfly and, therefore, giving a good 3D effect by having the leaf in the f/g. The details of its colours and textures are nicely captured whilst it is well positioned in the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-10-08 13:42]

Merhaba Bayram!

Splendid macro in perfect realization...colours, light and beautiful formulation.

Congratulations and greeting.

Hello MF Bayram.
Wonderful sharp details and perfect colors on this one! I like this picture a lot! Great POV & DOF.Well done & TFS!
Best regards Siegfried

Bonsoir Bayram,
Cette douce interprétation, approche la perfection.
Compliments pour avoir capté l'instant courtois entre la fleur et ce papillon malicieux.
Les couleurs sont superbes.
Nuit agréable.

Excellent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that butterfly.
Lovely colors and light, nicely blurred background. Great composition and presentation.
An interesting note.

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