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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-15 3:16
Viewed: 5593
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I finally had a little luck with the butterflies.
Behind the building at work i found a Buddleja bush
which attracted a least 5 different species of
butterflies/moths, so i brought my cam and instead of
working enjoyed the sun the taking pictures.*g*

I thought this could be a Painted Lady (Vanessa


The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known
colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America
as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange
pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.

It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies,
found on every continent except Antarctica. In
Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around
Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its
close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa
kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges
over half the continent. Other closely related species
are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone,
including mountains in the tropics. The species is
resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring,
and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it
migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to
Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there
die in the Autumn.

The egg takes 3 to 5 days to hatch. The caterpillar
takes 7–11 days to turn into a chrysalis. It takes
7–11 days for the chrysalis to turn into a butterfly.
It doesn't stay in one area so long. The painted lady
butterfly travels around 1000 miles in its life. Its
wing span is 2 in. The painted lady caterpillar is
black with spiked skin.

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants
of the families Asteraceae, especially Carduus crispus
(as implied by the species name cardui – Latin for "of
the thistles"). Also, Boraginaceae, Malvaceae
(especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow Malva
neglecta), and a number of Fabaceae are eaten. The
adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and
cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle,
butterfly bush (Buddleja), asters, Tickseed sunflowers
(Bidens) and zinnias.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_cardui]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 14.07.2009 12:30:39
Aufnahmemodus Manuelle Belichtung
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/100
Av (Blendenzahl) 14.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 200
Objektiv 105mm
Brennweite 105.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
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Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart Manuelle Fokussierung
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
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Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
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Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-15 3:34]

Hello Thorsten,
Very beautiful coloured photo in clear contrast against the beautiful BG. Excellent sharpness, details, frontal POV and composition.

Hi Thor

Stunning picture! The colors and sharpness are awesome and the BG is appealingly bluish! The POV is excellent for the details in its eyes.
Well done and TFS

Hi Thorsten,
A nice capture of this beautiful Painted Lady with a beautiful POV. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Thor
great shot of this beautiful Vanessa with very impressive colors and details.
Great hand of light and exposure providing fine contrast with vivid butterfly colors on the background.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-15 5:14]

Slav Thorsten,
A very good close up of this beautiful vanessa cardui.Excellen sharpness,details,light,colors and blurry background.Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-07-15 6:28]

hi Thorsen,

Very nice capture, beautiful color and excellent details. good shoot.

Hello Thorsten,

An excellent capture with beautiful & brilliant colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-15 7:06]

Hola amigo,
buen trabajo,
y colorida escena,
excelente pov y foco.
saludos Thorsten

hello Thorsten
very good and rightly litted up composition with beautiful colours and great details,very fine photo

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-15 8:04]

Hello Thorsten
Nice capture, I like composition, vivid colors and perfect focus.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-15 11:16]

Hi Thorsten . We have seen many this year it must have been a good year for them . You have taken this side POV so we can see the both sides of the wings. You have taken the markings with good detail and bright colours. Stands out well from the plain BG. well done TFS.

Ciao Thorsten. What splendid colurs! Interesting POV for a very detailed macro. well done.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-15 13:56]

Hallo Thorsten,
dieser "Painted Lady "kommt in hervorragender Detailschärfe und sehr naturgetreuer, angenehm verhaltener Farbwiedergabe zu uns auf den Bildschirm. Sehr ansprechende Komposition.
Grüße Siggi

Hi Thorsten,

Superb photo.
Natural colours with great definition.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Fantastic composition.

Thor, this is so beautifully shot. This is an outstanding photo. Thanks for commenting on my sparrows. Have a great week. Bill

Check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

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