Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)

woodland skipper ochlodes sylvanoides sipping nectar from a lavender flower
Woodland Skipper
(Ochlodes sylvanoides)
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  A few years ago I made it my quest to pursue the “perfect” bee on a flower shot. I took hundreds of photos – but my technique and understanding was not (apparently) very good. I wound up with a few keepers but nothing that really made me feel like I nailed it. Having to go through all of those shots burned me out on the idea and while I have shot the occasional bee since, I’ve generally avoided trying again.

  I have a much better understanding of how to shoot this sort of thing now, and inspired by this post by Robin Black, I decided to try again. The lavender flowers in the backyard are somewhat past their prime, but the insects are still all over them collecting nectar. I found this Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides) to be a more interesting subject than the plain honeybees, though the Skippers seem to be a lot more manic in their movements. I am quite happy with this shot, but is it the “perfect” Skipper photo? Not yet!

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2 Responses to “Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)”

  1. Kat says:

    You may not think it’s perfect, but it’s still pretty nice! Those woodland skippers look so soft and furry so close up. Would never guess it if you weren’t able to see such detail.

  2. Wow! That’s really pretty. I love the DOF, and the colors and details are just gorgeous.

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