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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
Foto informatie
Auteursrechten: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2008-10-19
Categorieën: Insects
Belichting: f/8, 1/400 Seconden
More Photo Info: [view]
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Datum inzending: 2008-10-28 9:45
Gezien: 2254
Punten: 32
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
The Painted Lady group of colourful butterflies comprises the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.
The group includes the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), which is almost global in its distribution; Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi); American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) and West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).
Illustration of a Painted Lady with open wingsFor a key to the terms used see Lepidopteran glossary
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5-9 cm (2 - 2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4-5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

The West Coast Lady (V. annabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks a white dot in the subapical orange found in virginiensis, and is a purer orange color. annabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in annabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in annabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in corresponding virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is quite similar to V. cardui. Its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. Caterpillars are found mainly on Ammobium alatum.

crs, Gert-Paassen, nglen, Royaldevon, Adanac, boreocypriensis, ramthakur, jusninasirun, Argus heeft deze opmerking als nuttig gemarkeerd
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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-28 10:03]

Hello Siggy,

Yo9u have made agood photo with the butterfly shown from an less ususal POV. Your image has a very ggod sharpness showing well insect's head. Flower beneath is also shown in great sharpness. The well lighted main subject looks good against the grey background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6123 W: 89 N: 15234] (63760)
  • [2008-10-28 10:06]

Hi Siggy,beautiful choice of the point of view,i like a lot this position,great idea and great realisation,perfects colors and details and very nice specie,my best compliments,LUCIANO

Hi Siegfried,

An unsual pov good of sharpness and very good bg.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-28 11:10]

Hi Siegfried a unususal POV but it works showing us the underside . good natural colours and a nice pose on the white flower. well done TFS. good notes too

Hello Siggy,

You have captured this butterfly from quite an unusual pov and how interesting it looks!
It is so good to see the insect's face, proboscis and wing spread!
Good, sharp focus of the insect and its flower and the images are well composed in the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-28 15:10]

Hello Siegfried, Splendid point of view in this wonderful composition. Excellent macro work Sigfried, thank you for sharing.

An excellent macro shot from a low-frontal POV my friend!
Great composition and details.
TFS and cheers,

Very bold point of view, Siegfried.
However, you have made a success of it; the picture is really sharp and crisp, especially on the face.
Well done and TFS.

Ciao Siegfried,
bellissima cattura di Vanessa cardui, eccellente POV e composizione verticale con una bella prospettiva diagonale delle ali, ottima la definizione, brillanti i colori e splendida luce.

Hi Siggi. Fine POV of this butterfly with pristine sharp details on the head. the diagonal head on perch is beautiful in the frame against the silenced background. Very good work and TFS. Regards. Jusni

Ciao Siggi, unusual POV for this splendid painted lady with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness, good focus and lovely blurry BG, superb composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-10-29 9:12]

Hello Siggi,
An usual frontal POV that shows the head, proboscis and antennae sharply and with detail, at the same time one can just see that it is a Painted Lady butterfly in a nice composition.
TFS this unusual image,

Hi Siggi,
Excellent capture of this Painted Lady from extraordinary angle. Great composition, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-10-29 21:31]

Hello Siggi, This is a brilliant shot with superb clarity. Amazing view. Ganesh

Un impresionante, por su efectividad, ángulo. El formato también lo veo muy adecuado. Bien el enfoque. La luz es muy variada y creo que podría mejorarse.
Saludos Siegfried: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2008-11-01 15:34]

Hello Siggi,
a superbs capture. I like the way it is composed, diagonally across the fram. It really outstanding in clarity as its perchinf position also includes the supporting subject- flower.The lighting is very inpactful it creates such an impressive display.


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