SKIPPERS: BEST SEEN IN CLOSE UP   1 comment


 

Skippers: Best Seen In Close Up

Rainforest butterflies. Costa Rica. Hesperiidae. Pyrginae. Staphylus mazans. Mazans Scallopwing. Veridion Adventures.

Mazans Scallopwing, (Staphylus mazans)

 

Rainforest Butterflies. Costa Rica. Hesperiidae. Pyrginae. Tropical Checkered Skipper. Pyrgus oileus. Philip Davison. Veridion Adventures.

Tropical Checkered Skipper, (Pyrgus oileus)

Skippers, you probably wouldn’t even notice them.  Many of the skippers are small, less than the size of your little fingernail, chocolate brown in color and fly close to the ground.  Even when you do capture one on camera, the diagnostic features required to identify it may not be obvious.  Quite often the female has different coloration and markings to the males.  Literature pertaining to skippers, guides and keys; they are all sadly lacking.  Skipper identification is therefore left to the experts and even then that may take some time.  I too, initially paid small attention to them, at least until I started to photograph them.  For whatever reason they seem to be sensitive to sound, light or the slightest movement, so when it comes to capturing the image you have spent so long composing, as the lens focuses, off they go.  If using flash, you also need to be using a high shutter speed because if you are using anything below 1/250 sec all you will have taken is a photograph of is the leaf where the skipper had been perched.

Anyway, I have posted a few shots so you can see with patience it can be done.

Rainforest butterflies. Hesperiidae. Hesperiinae. Anatrytone potosiensis. Costa Rica. Veridion Adventures.

Anatrytone potosiensis at rest

Rainforest butterflies. Hesperiidae. Hesperiinae. Anatrytone potosiensis. felipe del bosque. Veridion Adventures.

Anatrytone potosiensis with flash

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One response to “SKIPPERS: BEST SEEN IN CLOSE UP

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  1. “The list of sightings they gave me for having been on the grounds for just one or two hours far exceeded all of their sightings in the preceding week and a half.”

    Absolutely!! That is so true. That is why I like to save BdC til last.

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