Spialia sertorius

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Spialia sertorius (Kalkgraslanddikkopje (BE) / Red-underwing Skipper (EN) / Roter Würfel-Dickkopffalter (DE) / Hespérie des sanguisorbes (FR) ) is a very small butterfly (Winglegth: 11–13 mm.) of the family Hesperiidae. It is mainly found in Southern and Central Europe. In Belgium it is on the red list mentioned very rare. The butterfly flies from April to August depending on the location.
Just before the return home, I could not resist a final visit (for this year) to one of my favorite calcareous grasslands in the area. Lighting conditions were very bad and I did not really have the intention to make some more pictures. So I left my tripod in the car but ... at 7:20 p.m. the sun broke very weak through the thick clouds. At that moment I saw this tiny little butterfly on this Scabiosa columbaria. So I used my elbows as a tripod, made as many images as I could, and just hoped one would be sharp enough ...


Image: Rochefort (BE) - 25/08/2010

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Sierlijke foto en zo'n kleurrijk dikkopje! Je ellebogen hebben goed werk gedaan als statief, ik gebruik ze zelf ook vaak als statief en loop regelmatig met zwarte ellebogen en dito knieën rond ;)

31 Aug 2010 6:08am

@Monique: Zwarte knieën en ellebogen horen bij het statuut van macro-natuurfotograaf volgens mij. (evenals armen en benen vol drassen en schrammen van stenen en doornen). Het enige vervelende eraan is, dat een fototrip afsluiten op een gezellig terrasje eigenlijk om een nieuwe set kledij vraagt...

Timber from Toronto, Canada

.. exquisite work dude .. brilliant technically .. and esthetically as well..
some of the finest naturalism documentary I've seen ..

31 Aug 2010 7:09am

@Timber: Thank you very much, Timber. This is one of the finest compliments I'd like to get from someone ... Always welcome to visit my images.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Jij hebt lange armen...!;-)) Maar, superscherp hoor!

31 Aug 2010 8:05am

@Marleen: Had ik die maar .... (zucht) .... dan moest ik niet continu met een statief rondzeulen ;-) Ik heb er gelukkig enkele over kunnen houden die scherp genoeg zijn. Dit dikkopje zie ik niet elke dag rondvliegen dus is het hopen dat de beelden ervan goed genoeg zijn he ... En deze keer was ik zelf meer dan tevreden. (eigenlijk zelfs stieken een beetje fier op deze opname's - mag toch ook een keertje :p )

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

this is amaizing how all your images seems to fly in a green paradise...

31 Aug 2010 9:52am

@KriKridesign: Maybe that is because I look for these green mini-paradises in my crowded country ... I still can find them but they are getting scarse :(

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

pris en flagrant delit de gourmandise !!! et de belle maniere !
amitiés !!

31 Aug 2010 7:14pm

@marc battault: All creatures should be entitled to a cool "drink" after a hard day "flying" ... Greetz for you, Marc !

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Can almost see his fuzzy little face!

1 Sep 2010 12:21am

@Dutçh: A cute species don't you think ?

ceanothe from France

Superbe photo !

1 Sep 2010 7:42am

@ceanothe: Thank you very much for your visit and comment. I'm very glad you like this image !

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

nice shot

1 Sep 2010 8:32am

@Saeed Rasoulof: Thank you very much, Saeed.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

You made a very nice image here Johan. Your knowledge and your patience serves you well.

3 Sep 2010 9:42am

@Julie Brown: Patience is the most needed skill for a nature-photographer, don't you think ?

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