Skippers have a stout, stubby butterfly look to them. Or maybe an energetic, pretty moth vibe. Either way, I find them very attractive, endearing subjects. The one featured above has a particularly rich color to it, which is why I kind of think it’s a shame that the background conversely is a rather dull, uncomplimentary green. A background can make or break a photo – I’m not sure it did either in this case but I find it mildly deleterious. At the time, I was probably happy to have a somewhat well-illuminated background, as light fall-off constantly poses a problem in high magnification macrophotography, but now it falls a little flat.
How does one get around a dull background? Shooting upwards at an angle can give you the blue sky background (obviously you need the blue sky to be out on that given day). While blue sky backgrounds can work spectacularly, they can also come out dull and poorly representative of the actual sky; the brighter the blue the better for me. Another way is to use colored cards or some other kind of artificial background. I have never really done this, but you see it a lot with extreme, high magnification focus stacks, as well as field shots, both with many examples of great success. I’m curious as to how the flash will bounce off it and affect the shot; it’s something I need to give a whirl.
The trick with the artificial background, of course, is setting it up. I imagine it is difficult to employ with a tripod unless the subject is stationary. A handheld shot poses a problem of strength: can you one-hand the camera and other-hand the card without either interfering with the subject or shaking the camera too much. Of this method, I have known to be capable, as I occasionally do the essentially exact same thing with leaves, i.e. holding them up as a staged background with my offhand. Leaves present their own specific challenge as you have to make sure veins and other unwanted details are adequately blurred out of focus by adjusting the distance between the camera and the leaf, lest those details detract from the subject. A leaf’s “natural” greens and browns are a great cure for the “studio” black background that can get tedious fast.
A couple other methods, which have their own pros and cons, are shooting with longer exposure times (typically without flash and with a tripod) or using secondary flashes to illuminate the background.