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Thank you all so very much for your great comments and votes following yesterdays upload of my Common Darter.

This little fella was captured the very same day as we were strolling through a beautiful meadow within spitting distance from the Bungalow.

Scientific Name:

Thymelicus lineola
Synonyms:
European skipper, European skipperling, Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)

Description

Orange brown - with the male having a small black line on its upperwings. Can also be identified with its antennal club which is black.

Confusion Species:


Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Lulworth Skipper
Wingspan:
26-30 mm

Lifespan:

About 2 weeks.

Distribution:


Essex and along the Thames Estuary towards the London Suburbs. Colonies also exist in the Cotswolds alongside newly constructed bypasses and are believed to have been introduced when the verges were seeded with grass and wildflowers seeds originating from elsewhere where this butterfly is found.

Habitat:

The Essex Skipper is found in tall, dry grasslands in open sunny situations, especially roadside verges, woodland rides and acid grasslands, as well as coastal marshes.

Diet:


The main species used is ****'s-foot, although the butterfly may use several other grasses including Creeping Soft-grass, Common Couch, Timothy, Meadow Foxtail, False Brome, and Tor-grass. It rarely uses Yorkshire-fog, the preferred food plant of the Small Skipper.

I hoe that you all have a wonderful day, it's going to be hot....

Regards Nathan

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 [Di] Macro 1:1 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jul 2013 - 2:04 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Tilbury Barge Pilot
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:18 Jul 2013 - 8:56 AM
Tags:Essex skipper, Macro photography, Outdoors, Small, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2013 - 9:00 AM

She's a little beauty, Nathan, and I love the alternative name for her.....skipperling SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Carol

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:01 AM

That's a very full narrative on this species and it's habits, Nathan, and a fine shot of this example, the detail spot on just where required.
Full marks for effort in every way.
Ronnie.

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WhiteRose1
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:02 AM

Not seen one of these, Nathan, shall certainly be looking for them on my next excursion down the Thames Estuary. Nicely captured on the seed head.

Dave

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:09 AM

Wow Nathan that is some read/write up! thank you
but this is a special image so wonderfully captured
Lillian

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canonfan  4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2013 - 9:12 AM

Superb capture here Nathan with a very informative narrative
Jim

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:14 AM

Fine shot Nathan, some nice detail captured and a great pose,
Fred.

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:17 AM

A really impressive macro here Nathan.

Ken

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fentiger
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:19 AM

Excellent macro image and thanks for the info.

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Nikonuser1
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:43 AM

Excellent macro Nathan, interesting intro.Smile


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ColleenA
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:44 AM

What a superb capture Nathan and an interesting narrative as well...lovely photography

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Jul 2013 - 9:46 AM

A great write up to accompany this splendid little Skipper Nathan !

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:50 AM

Superb capture and some interesting information, Nathan.
Effrossini

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senn
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:50 AM

beautiful capture Nathan, .. thanks for extra info

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:57 AM

Stunning capture Mr when i grow up will i be able to take picture like this.

Little Gary

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ali63
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18 Jul 2013 - 9:57 AM

Well captured Nathan, these are such pretty little things, yes it is roasting hot already,
enjoy your day,

Ali SmileSmile

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:58 AM

Roll on Saturday when it's going to be cooler and more overcast...............I can then get out with the camera.............until then I will just perspire and moan incessantly about how hot it is...........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Nice capture of this critter and great info.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:23 AM

Good hairy detail Nathan.
A fine shot.
Mick.

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:31 AM

A great shot Nathan,with those sharp details,and very fine bokeh, let alone all that information! - Well done Nathan!!! GrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:44 AM

This is certainly another wonderful macro. Well done Nathan.
WesternRed.

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:45 AM

Great shot, Nathan.
Tony

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:57 AM

Superb macro shot Nathan, fantastic detail and colours, interesting write up to

Hugh

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18 Jul 2013 - 11:00 AM

I am impressed by the excellent scholarly presented info. Wonderful creamy colours with a tint of green and the acidic yellow of the thymelicus lineola, Nathan. A super shot.

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18 Jul 2013 - 11:14 AM

seen one bug, seen em all???? BlushBlushBlushBlushBlush

fascinating storyline Grin

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18 Jul 2013 - 11:16 AM

Very nice macro work with great detail. Nathan you have me on side. GrinGrinGrin

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18 Jul 2013 - 11:33 AM

A real beaut. Love the gentle colours of nature you've captured. Exquisite detail.

Jack

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18 Jul 2013 - 11:51 AM

cracking colours and detail Nathan a stunner nice one Wink
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18 Jul 2013 - 12:29 PM

Great detailed information Nathan, cracking image too!!

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18 Jul 2013 - 12:30 PM

So its a moth then ?? Blush Nice macro image Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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18 Jul 2013 - 12:33 PM

A impressive capture, Nathan and such a detailed write up!
Regards,
Richard

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18 Jul 2013 - 1:00 PM

Stunning Nathan - as always great info to go with your amazing images.

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
18 Jul 2013 - 1:10 PM

Lovely close up - I like the muted colours.

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18 Jul 2013 - 1:22 PM

A superb image Nathan, great detail, comp, and DOF, i have been trying for two hours to get a good image of these today.
Regards, Alf.

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18 Jul 2013 - 1:28 PM

A superb detailed image Nathan........Sandy

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18 Jul 2013 - 1:37 PM

A special image Nathan apart from the beauty o fThe skipper the landing stage plays an important role in the image. A great combination.

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18 Jul 2013 - 2:21 PM

Nice detail and it is really good to have information about it tooSmile

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18 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

Surveying his territory and keeping a watch for interlopers--- a GREAT SHOT!

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18 Jul 2013 - 4:02 PM

Like the fine details and tones in this Nathan, good one
Regards Richard

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18 Jul 2013 - 4:33 PM

a great shot and a very comprehensive description.


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18 Jul 2013 - 4:40 PM

Beautiful shot NathanGrinGrin
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18 Jul 2013 - 4:46 PM

A superb capture.SmileSmile

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18 Jul 2013 - 4:54 PM

What a superb close-up, Nathan, and a nice perch he's err, perched on! Wink
Trev Smile

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18 Jul 2013 - 5:27 PM

Thanks for all the information on this little chap Nathan - isn't he adorable!
Ann

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Philip_H
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18 Jul 2013 - 6:02 PM

Petite and delicate.

P.

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18 Jul 2013 - 6:24 PM

Great shot
Dave

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18 Jul 2013 - 7:49 PM

Excellent presentation and capture!
George

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18 Jul 2013 - 7:57 PM

I love this Nathan,
The colour and D O F, are superb.

Hope your keeping well.

Myra

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18 Jul 2013 - 8:56 PM

Sometimes I think I am in the wrong place, your all too clever for me! The detail in this shot is superb, I have to pull my socks up Wink finding a favorite tonight for my award is going to be difficult as so many good images tonight

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:38 PM

Beautiful image of this lovely skipper so perfectly perched on the harmonious grass.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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18 Jul 2013 - 9:44 PM

Lovely shot. Love all the info. I learn so much from this site. Cathy

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18 Jul 2013 - 10:53 PM

A fantastic capture/macro
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19 Jul 2013 - 6:22 AM

A wonderful capture Nathan and great write up.
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28 Jul 2013 - 3:38 PM

A real corker Nathan, I'm most impressed you were able to id this variety. A lot of our native skippers look so alike

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