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Old Oct 10, 2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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Skippersconstitute about 1/3 of all butterflies, and are a distinct group. Many are smell and inconspicuous, and so are little known. Grass skippers are amongthe smallest; they are unique in their ability tohold their forewings vertically and the hindwings horizontal while perched (which has reminded some of the configuration of some modern military aircraft). They breed in grasses, as the name implies, some in lawns of Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, their catrepillars hiding near the roots, safe from lawn mowers. They are fast and erratic, and may becalled lawn moths by some. They are also variable in coloration, and so are hard to identify.

I believe these all are Fiery Skippers, which breed in St Augustine (which I have) as well as Bermuda. A good number survived the storm, but were harvested by a hungry flycatcher. The bird can be seen in the Wildlife Forum http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11

Hand held, available light (full sun), all but one with K10D and Tamron 70-300 LD maco @ 300mm

1) female

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2) another
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3) and another
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4) and a side view
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5) male
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6) another (this one with KM5D and Sigme 28-300 macro @ 300)
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7) and another male (al wings folded)
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So that's what these are - I always thought they were a moth. I've taken a couple of pictures that were OK - but have never managed this many nice ones! They are very common around the botanical gardens and elsewhere around campus. I've never really paid too much attention to them, they are just always around. They tend not to hang around one spot for very long (longer than many butterflies) and are small enough that I've never paid much attention to their coloring. Thanks for posting these - I'm going to have to work harder at getting some more shots of them.
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Those are amazingly sharp shots for, what 450mm and hand held? I especially like #1 & #3. They have a better angle on the butterfly to show off it's distinct features.

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Old Oct 11, 2007, 3:16 AM   #10
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Penolta, Those are really well done. Thanks for posting.

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