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Agraulis vanillae

Agraulis vanillae
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-11-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-23 8:48
Viewed: 1645
Points: 16
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Tribe: Heliconiini

Subtribe: Heliconiiti

Genus: Agraulis
(Boisduval & Le Conte, 1835)
Species: A. vanillae

The Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of 6-9.5 cm (2.4-3.7 in). Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots.It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-23 9:59]

Ciao Luciano,
So, you were/are at Cuba! I've started to miss you.
Fantastic picture of this butterfly. Great sharp focus and details and splendid colors.

Ciao Luciano, aspettavo con ansia la tua prima cubana e non rimango certo deluso, grande spettacolo, colori brillantissimi, bell'effetto 3D, sembra sospesa in aria, dettagli e nitidezza ottimi, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-23 11:18]

Hello Luciano,
This is one butterfly that is as beautiful with wings closed as it is with wings open. A fantastic shot displaying wonderful detail and bright vivid colors. Perfect exposure and composed in an attractive manner.

Hi Luciano
A very good close up of the Passion Butterfly. The picture is very sharp.Even those small antennas have come out brilliantly.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2016-11-23 17:59]

Bonjour Luciano

Nice close-up with excellent sharpness and brilliant colors.


hallo Luciano
great to see picture's of Cuba
this one is a beauty with great sharpness and beautifyul colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Luciano – Very good picture of this Agraulis vanillae. Excellent, view showing us all the details of the butterfly, his wings, body and head. Colours from the butterfly properly caught. Many details perceptible.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the whole butterfly
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso speed rating for the butterfly
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness for the butterfly
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the butterfly; particularly at the level of the wings, all the details of the ornamentation are perceptible
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the butterfly
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur


• Interesting picture showing the butterfly; good capture of this Agraulis.
• Good presentation with simplicity
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition in the centre of the frame.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


Hi Luciano,
I always return to your gallery as it's full of hidden treasures, for example tropical butterflies which I've never heard before, photographed in a unique and extraordinary way. Your trademark, the proper flash usage is detectable here also, sharpness is perfect even on the antennae, colors are nice and the contrast between the bright orange and the light grey of the background is fabulous. Great composition and beautiful shallow DoF. A masterpiece again! Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Agraulis vanillae. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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