Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #864- Green Headed Skipper

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“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
George Carlin

A skipper or skipper butterfly is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. They are named after their quick, darting flight habits. More than 3500 species of skippers are recognized, and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America.

Skippers have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet hook, while the typical butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae, and moth-butterflies have feathered or pectinate (comb-shaped) antennae similar to “moths”. Skippers also have generally stockier bodies and larger compound eyes than the other two groups, with stronger wing muscles in the plump thorax, in this resembling many “moths” more than the other two butterfly lineages do. But unlike, for example, the Arctiidae, their wings are usually small in proportion to their bodies. Some have larger wings, but only rarely as large in proportion to the body as in other butterflies. When at rest, skippers keep their wings usually angled upwards or spread out, and only rarely fold them up completely.

enjoy the beauty in the little things!…†…monos en theos…jim

Images of small things from the biggest county in Texas #523 – A little skipper in a bit of a bind!

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Having spent most of the previous day out in the damp and doing a lot of macro photography which makes me be in a stooped position most of the day. I woke up this morning with a very sore back and my mobility was painfully limited. So most of my shooting today involved me planting myself by our beds of lantana and just taking a wait and see what I was given.

It happens so often, I “look” at an area and I think that there is nothing here. But as you calm and settle and surrender the thought  that there has to be at a better place. A place with more. It forces you to look. I was amazing at all the life that was there for my feasting. I spotted this small skipper down deep in the plant. I ever so slowly moved in close. Every move was my best photo ninja move. It was working , I got to within an inch of him. I moved my lights moved around, he just stayed here just for me. It was just going too smooth and in  looking at the skipper he just seemed a little out of place,  just kind of wrong, but hey he was being so still and I just figured he was holding on with one or two legs just for me.

I went in to process my images and I saw what was going on. There were two extra green legs holding the skipper in place. He wasn’t being cooperative, he was being eaten.

I went back later this afternoon and found the spider looking for his dessert.

Be careful, it’s a jungle out there and it all doesn’t happen just for you! ††† en theos ††† jim work