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Colias crocea

Colias crocea
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, HELIOS-44M 2/58
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-21 6:40
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the territory of the Czech Republic live several very similar species of Colias. They are: Clouded Yellow (C. crocea), Berger's Clouded Yellow (C. alfacariensis), Pale Clouded Yellow (C. hyale), and Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow (C. erate). Occur here regularly, but only in a few places. Around my house are very rarely, I saw only one of two types of them (C. erate and C. hyale).
The main picture is the Clouded Yellow (C. crocea).
Sorry, but I have no data from the camera. I experimented with manual lens Helios 2/58 for Praktica.
See also on the Pale Clouded Yellow of Workshop.
Thank you all for your visit and criticism - this is useful for me. Points (smiling) are not important for me :-)
Best greetings.

Edit: Fix to ID. Thanks to Argus.

Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Coliadini
Genus: Colias
Species: crocea

Wingspan: 23-26mm

Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea)
Czech name: Žluťásek čilimníkový

The Common Clouded Yellow's breeding range is North Africa and southern Europe and eastwards through Turkey into the Middle East but it occurs throughout much of Europe as a summer migrant, in good years individuals reaching Scandinavia. In Asia, its range extends into central Siberia in the north and barely into India in the south; it is not found in Central Asia. In the UK they can be seen on the south coast almost every year in varying numbers, and regularly breed there. Occurrence in the rest of the UK varies considerably from year to year, but they are increasingly observed as far north as Dumfries and Galloway.
In southern Europe and North Africa they breed continuously throughout the year. Eggs are laid singly on foodplant leaves. The caterpillars grow fast in warm weather, sometimes pupating within a month. Pupation lasts for two or three weeks and in good years there can be as many as three generations per year, with adults still on the wing at the beginning of November.
(source: www.wikipedia.com)

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hello Neighbour Milos
super good composition with good details and super good sharpness
the colours are beautiful
Workshop picture is alse a Beauty
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Milos
It is an absolute delight to look and appreciate this lovely macro which consists of many favourable features. The colours and details is ever so beautiful. Pink and yellow is a great match and they match each other like a hand fits a glove. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-21 7:21]
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Hello Milos,
A fine sharp capture taken with excellent natural colours against a clean BG in a pleasing composition.
Though Colias erate exists in the E. part of the Czech Rep., I think this is Colias croceus because of the orange colour in the centre of the forewing and because has black spots up to almost the tip of the forewing and there are only two here.
But this is nice to view!
C. hyale in the WS is great too!
Thanks and best regards from a rainy Sewden.

Breath-taking composition with the yellow butterfly and purple flower, Milos. One rarely gets such a stunning combination of colours.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Milos,
This is a very beautiful picture of this lovely butterfly, excellent composition, very good sharpness details and wonderful contrast against the background, an excellent captured,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Milos,
wonderful composition of this lovely butterfly perfectly focused. Wonderful colours and nicely blurred background. Great job, I like it very much.
Best Wishes,

Hello Milos,
Impressive capture of a very interesting butterfly.
Outstanding details and very good sharpness.
Exceptional focus, very nice POV and perfect light.
Wonderful contrast against the green background.
It is a splendid composition with the lovely flower and perfect POV of the butterfly.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-21 8:38]

Hi Mikos,what a brilliant yellow and what a beautiful composition whit the purple flower!The Colias are very rare in this season in my country,it's a beautiful scoop and a top quality pic,i like it..a lot!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Hi Milos my neighbour.
Amazing colours. Excellent composition. Nice clear and peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Milos,
Das ist wirklich eine wunderbares Bild, diese Schmätterling ist so schön ! Perfekte details, schönes sonnige Farben, und einen schönene blauen Himmel im Hintergrund. Das alles ist auch sehr schön komponiert.

Ciao Milos, lovely butterfly on a splendid flower, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, fantastic bright colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Milos,

What a beautiful shot of this Beautiful BF
Excellent composition with great BG, Perfect colors and fine sharp details

TFS Thijs

very nice and clear picture, excellent light and details,lovely background and colors,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Fantastic photo Milos! The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The colours are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

Ciao Milos. Lovely compo with exciting colours/light. Excellent sharp and details against the blurred BG.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-21 13:44]

Hello Milos,
Excellent photo in very well saturated colours. The contrasts are splendid. Great sharpness, details, blurred BG and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-21 14:14]

Hello Milos.
Wonderful close up. Colors, lighting, sharpness, POV, clear details, framing and composition are very good.Best rtegards Siggi

Excellent composition, nice contrasts and beautiful colours. regards yiannis

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-22 1:06]

Hello Milos,
This time you over saturated colours and look artificial a little. Composition of frame is very attractive although because the butterfly is main target I think you should to crop this flower a little.
Regards, Pawel

great flower-butterfly capture, TFS Ori

Hello Milos,

an very nice iage from this flower and butterfly.
Razor sharpness and very god dof and details.
Fine saturated colors.


Dobry den Milos
Voici un Colias qui ne vole pas en France
Merci pour cette belle netteté, et ces couleurs lumineuses.

Hi Milos,

Wow what a splendid composition here Milos, amazing sharp details, well exposed and fabulous colour saturation, great work and well done,
Best regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-23 4:02]

hello Milos,
such a splendid bright presentation of these wonderful images, of butterfly and flowers.
Very excellently composed to give an effective view of nature.
Congratulations for such an exciting and really a catchy scene.


so beautiful to see...wonderful photo!
regards Nasos

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-24 5:40]

Ahoj Miloši,
Nádherné foto, nádherné syté barvy vynikající ostrost a kompozice.
V kontrastu proti pozadí mám pocit že květ vystupuje z obrazu.
Opravdu super.
Krásny den přeje Jiří.

Hallo Milos,
a very beautiful macro shot of this interesting Clouded Yellow, superb contrast of vivid colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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