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Red admiral in Alps

Red admiral in Alps
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 8:50
Viewed: 4609
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Red admiral – Scientific name : Vanessa atalanta – Family : Nymphalidae.
Description : Wing span 4.5 - 7.6 cm. Upperside is black with white spots near the apex ; forewing with red median band, hindwing with red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band.
Life history : The Red Admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if available, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live within a shelter of folded leaves; older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hibernate.
Caterpillar hosts : Plants of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), tall wild nettle (U. gracilis), wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), pellitory (Parietoria pennsylvanica), mamaki (Pipturus albidus), and possibly hops (Humulus).
Adult food: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings ; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.
Habitat : Moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps, moist fields.
Range : Guatemala north through Mexico and the United States to northern Canada; Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia. Cannot survive coldest winters; most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants.
Photo : Slightly cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. I have also insert a little view to allow the comparison of the both sides of wings...
Difficult shot because the light was hard and I hold the Ixus above my head because the butterfly was on the top of a high bush...
To my friends : This week I worked enough on the external parts of my house and I am worn, all my body is painful... So next week we go in vacation at our chalet in mountain, with no tools, just the Canon Ixus and 350D !!! See you soon, with new photos I hope, because weather forecast seems bad...

RAP, ellis49, SkyF, dew77, Zeno, Alex99, wallhalla15, liquidsunshine, marhowie, honza, sAner, coasties, mogens-j has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-10 8:59]

Excelente entrega Christian con gran nitidez y colorido a partir de un adecuado uso del luz disponible.
Buen composición con el detalle de otro POV del insecto.
Saludos... Ricardo

Excellent post Christian with great clarity and coloring to to share of an appropriate use of the available light.
Good composition with the detail of another POV of the insect.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Christian,
Excellent picture. Sharp and clearly seen image. Good pov, composition, and vibrant colors. Very well done.

Hej Christian,
the Red Admiral is a wonderful butterfly and I hope I will see one later, the use to show up in the end of the summer up here.
Well composed, good detrails and nice colours.
Well done, my friend.

Ready with the house ?

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-10 10:39]

Bonjour Christian, il a belle allure ce Vulcain des Alpes, bon cadrage et super netteté du papillon. Le fond vert le met bien en valeur, félicitations, Didier.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-10 10:55]

Hello Christian,
Wonderful butterfly close up.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,lighting,framing and presentation are perfect.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-10 11:17]

Hi Christian,

I like this composition! The POV, sharpness and colours are great. Well done and TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-10 11:44]

Hi Christian.
You have shared a very artistic shot. The pose of main your hero, scenery (colours, lighting, blurriness etc), exactness of details of actor's clothes are superb. POV and DOF are excellent too. Bravo.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-10 12:37]

very nice Christian.
a well taken shot, good composition, nice capture, good point of view and technical very good job, well done.
gr. jaap

I like both the inset image showing both positions of wings open and closed. Well done Taz. :)

Very nice presentation Christian,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed, good informative notes and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Beautiful work Christian.
An excellent presentation mf..
I'm tired :
It's late..
Very well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-11 2:59]

Hi Christian,
good shot, nice admiral. I like the colours and sharpness also. Well done photo.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Christian,
excellent butterfly shot here. Excellent POV, brilliant colours and excellent sharpness. This is an excellent composition. Well done my friend. Thank you for posting.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-08-11 5:39]

Nice photo of this Admiral. I like POV very much, also sharpness, light and colors are nice. Have a nice weekend. Jan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-11 6:20]

Bonjour Christian,
beautiful image and very nice of you to add a thumbnail with a full view of the oepn wings. Very nice POV, great colors and the lighting is wonderful.
Very well composed and presented.

Hello Christian

Nice shot of this summer butterfly. Great colours and sharpness.
I like the green leavs in the background.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-11 18:11]

Très jolie macro Christian, couleurs éclatantes, superbe sujet, clair et net. Bravo !


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-11 19:33]

Hi Christian,

How are you doing? This is a great picture. Very good POV, sharp focus and excellent colors. The note is very good aswell. Well done & TFS!


Hi Christian

A lovely shot of a beautiful butterfly. Lovely colours. Very nice to view. :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-14 16:06]

Hi Chiristian
Great shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done mf


Wonderful presentation of this Red Admiral Christian. It is nice to see the underside of the butterfly as we always see it from the top. Very nice and natural colours, great sharpness and dof. The composition is perfect. i like the idea of the top shot inserted in the lower corner.

Well done

bonjour christian
je vois que cette espece est tres repandue,moi j'en ai publié un de chez moi et un de bretagne,la presentation est bonne avec de belles couleurs vives sur le BG.l'encart est sympa pour montrer une autre vue.

What a beautiful image of a Red Admiral butterfly! I like the way you composed the picture leaving plenty of space in front of the subject. The colors look natural and I can even distinguish the pattern on the dark rear underwing. The photo was exposed perfectly! I only wish the BG was more blurred to completely isolate the sharply rendered butterfly, but this is only a minor point. A great work of art! Thanks!

Good night,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-17 14:38]

Hi Christian,
I've found this photo searching for Vanessa and I'd like it very much. Excellent pov, pose, details and a wonderful light and background.
Best regards, José M.

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