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Painted lady

Painted lady
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Copyright: Richa Tewari (shree) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic lumix DMC FZ28
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-27 2:40
Viewed: 4126
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings; the Painted Lady is a colourful butterfly comprising the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae.

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.

he Painted Lady is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland.

Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonizing mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland. In some years it is an abundant butterfly, frequenting gardens and other flowery places in late summer.

From wikipedia, I borrowed some of the information given above and the following Scientific Classification -

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia

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Hi Richa,

Wonderful macro shot of a colourfull butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-27 2:59]

Hi Richa,
I came back! I hope my new pictures to like it.
This macro yours is very interesting. I like very much.
I tried to pose me butterflies, but ... not so good.
Best regards,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-08-27 3:22]

Hello Richa!

it's the butterfly of this year!!
Good sharp shot!
Perhaps a little more exposed on the flower, The sun wa hard this day, No!



Namastay Richa,

Lovely macro capture of the favorite butterfly 'The Painted Lady' and that too with adorable Lantana flowers, simply awesome!
The sharpness is crisp and the POV is just amazing. The shallow DOF works very well here. I like the offcenter position of the lady, giving great contrast to the lush green colored leaves.
Very well seen!

Paras Bhalla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-27 4:27]

Very lucky shot, good details and sharpness, good photo!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-27 6:31]

Great capture, very sharp, lovely colors!

Gracias por tu amable comentario Richa. Algunos no se dan cuenta que mi fotografía es un insecto que está nadando :-)
Tu toma interesante, veo que Vanessa es internacional y este año en Europa ha sido muy abundante; es de lo poco que nos va quedando ya que el ansia del dinero y la producción lo está destruyendo todo !!
Saludos desde España: Josep Ignasi.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-27 7:52]

Hi Richa. This picture of thePainted lady has such rich colours. We have seen so many in the garden this year more than ever. Taken with good detail . I like the greens of the leaves and colourful flowers. well done TFs.

Hi Richa,

Beautiful details in the butterfly, with a very good capture angle!... I see something of over exposure in the flowe... to my also me happens whith the lantana flowers!... if one tries to avoid it, then the butterfly result dark!... things that happen!

TFS friend!


Excellent macro, very sharp, nice colors and natural light,well blured BG, also I like the flower, I see it in my village too,

Hi Richa,

A double beauty. The lantana and painted lady are equally sharp and with good colors. A super fine posting.
TFS and cheers,


Very attractive shot of the Painted Lady on lantana flowers, Richa. This weedy plant attracts butterflies like a magnet.
The image is well composed and colours and details are marvellous.

nice shot. painted lady is always beautiful to capture with lens.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-08-28 10:03]

Hello Richa
a fine macro capture of this beautiful Vanessa from interesting point of view with excellent details, wonderful colors and focusing for a great composition!

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