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Painted Lady on the Rock

Painted Lady on the Rock
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 7:20
Viewed: 3404
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though it was quite cold in my village on the 14th of February after the rain and the snowfall higher up, I was surprised to see this Painted Lady with a damaged wing basking in the evening sunshine on a lichen-covered rock. Every time I clicked a picture of it, it got startled by the clicking noise and flew off to another rock nearly. I kept on shooting it at both the rocks until I was satisfied.
The image was taken hand-held from a distance of about one meter. The image was slightly cropped.

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).

Distinguishing features

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.


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hello sir,
i wish you a very happy and colourful holy, this is a nice capture of the painted lady resting on rock, the colours looks beautiful and you have captured this beauty with open wings, i liked the way you have composed this shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-11 8:23]

Hello Ram,
A fine open-wing capture of a Painted Lady on a lichen-covered rock. The Technical features are excellent and the composition with the lichens quite delightful to display this buttefly in a fine way even if the wings are a bit damaged.
Thanks and best wishes,

A slightly weathered but still a beautiful Painted Lady on a lichen covered stone, both nicely captured from above Ram, the natural colours were reproduced quite accurately here my friend, TFS the fine naturescape!

Dear Ram Sir,
Wish you a very happy Holi. You have beautifully captured this colorful lady on the lichen infested rock in the BG; adding glory to its appeal in a way :) TFS

Hello am !
I can't believed it, more and more often I see butterflies pictures from this year already, when here, in my own country, everything still looks like deep winter. Butterflies are a far-away memory from last year, and a dream not yeat ready to come true ! :-) In the meanwhile, I can look at your pictures here, it's great. I really like your beautiful Painted Lady sitting on rock and lichens, with POV from above, and a nice pose. Very well done !

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-11 10:59]

Hello Ram,
I like this light . You caught excellent details in a very nice POV and composition. This is a very sharp capture; well done! Thanks,
Best regards Siggi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-11 11:02]

Hola Ram.
This Painted lady has a beautiful colours in his wings, and the pose over the rock makes to look even better. Your note is very interesting My friend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-11 11:04]

Hi Ram,
Very nice capture of this Painted Lady.Colors,lighting,details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-11 12:53]

Hi Ram!

The idea of photographing a Painted Lady sitting on lichen is superb, the effect is wonderful. I like the contrast between the colourful butterfly and the bright patterns of the lichen very much. On my screen, the whole image appears a little bit dark.

I also have read your notes with great interest.

Kind regards


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-11 13:09]

Hi Ram
Another nice composition.Very sharp image with great colors.excellent text to.

Hello Ram
Beautiful capture of this painted lady on an unusual environment and not on a colorful flower
the composition is very good and the open wings pose showing us his nice colors and markings
very well done

Hi Ram,

Look like this poor Painted Lady has seen better days, but having said that she's still beautiful. Those colours and markings are stunning, and with the full open wings up against that lichen-covered rock just makes for a great image, really well captured, excellent work.

t.f.s Rick :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-11 16:18]

Hi Ram,a beutiful butterfly perfecly token....but the great idea is this unusual background,not easy to have a great sharpness like that in this bad conditions,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Ram,
what a wonderful image with this beautiful the Painted Lady. I like composition, colors, details and natural BG.

TFS. Best regards, Leonid

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-12 20:52]

Sir For a moment I thought the picture is too dark and then I realise you had made an excellent lighting thereby showing the butterfly highlighted here. Very good composition and looking at the bright white patches with the darkness of the rock the shot is brilliant. I failed manytimes resulting in OOF or OE but this is a good example of shooting under these circumstances. I will go through the (values) and thanks for sharing sir. Ganesh

Ram, this is a very good shot and i love the placement of the subject here! The placement of the subject in the frame makes all the difference! The Grey rock with that fungi adds color balance to the picture and make this gem stand out.

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