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*Hungry Lady*

*Hungry Lady*
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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: 2009-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-31 15:06
Viewed: 4302
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Even ladies have to eat -
a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) feasting on a Buddleja.


Buddleja, often spelled Buddleia is a genus of
flowering plants. It is now included in the
Scrophulariaceae, though in the past was previously
classified in either the Loganiaceae or in a family of
its own, the Buddlejaceae. The plant was named after
the Reverend Adam Buddle who was a botanist and a
rector in Essex, England.

The roughly 100 species are mostly shrubs, a few being
trees; the largest species reach 30 m tall, but most
species rarely exceed 5 m tall. Both evergreen and
deciduous species occur. They are native throughout
the warmer parts of the New World from the southern
United States south to Chile, and widely in the Old
World in Africa and the warmer parts of Asia, but
absent as natives from Europe and Australasia. The
species are divided into two groups based on their
floral type, those in the New World being dioecious,
and those in the Old World being monoecious.

The leaves are lanceolate in most species, and
arranged in opposite pairs on the stems (alternate in
one species, B. alternifolia); they range from 1-30 cm
long. The flowers are produced in dense panicles 10-50
cm long; each individual flower is tubular, about 1 cm
long, with the corolla divided into four spreading
lobes (petals), about 3-4 mm across. Flower colour
varies widely, with white, pink, red, purple, orange
or yellow flowers produced by different species and
cultivars; they are rich in nectar and often strongly
scented. The fruit is a small capsule about 1 cm long
and 1-2 mm diameter, containing numerous small seeds;
in a few species (previously classified in the
separate genus Nicodemia) the capsule is soft and
fleshy, forming a berry.

Several species are popular garden plants, The species
are commonly known as Butterfly Bush due to their
attractiveness to butterflies; they are also
attractive to bees and moths. Some species of buddleia
with red flowers are also attractive to hummingbirds.

The most popular cultivated species is Buddleja
davidii from central China, named after the French
naturalist Père Armand David. Other common garden
species include Buddleja globosa from southern Chile,
grown for its strongly honey-scented orange globular
flower-heads, and Buddleja alternifolia with lilac
coloured flowers. Several interspecific hybrids can
also be found, including B. x weyeriana (B. globosa x
B. davidii).

Some species are commonly found as escapees from the
garden. B. davidii in particular is a great coloniser
of dry open ground; in towns in Britain, it often
self-sows on waste ground, where it grows into a dense
thicket, and it is listed as an invasive species in
many areas.

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


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Highly impressive.
Most friendly greetings from
Mario in Canada.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-31 20:32]

Hi Thor,

An amazing macro! The Painted Lady seems to be concentrating so hard as she goes deep into the bush. I love the eyes! Beautiful colors and details of the lady and of the unusual flowers.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-31 22:05]

Hello Thor,
A nice and unusual way of capturing this popular butterfly!
Excellent macro of the head and proboscis of V. cardui while taking nectar from buddleia taken from a fine frontal POV with excellent sharpness and good use of flash.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-01 0:57]

Your hungry lady at dinner...great capture, wonderful details, coloe very natural.Congratulation!

Grt capture Thorsten . the lady is deeply indulged in stawing the honey. u caught the perfect moment. thanks lot for such sharp and detailed snap. most of the people snap butterflies but u deed very impressiv work. thanks again . regards,

Hi Thorsten
Interesting POV, well controlled flash, good focus and sharp details.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-01 1:27]

Hello Thorsten,
Amazing macro in excellent sharpness and a lot of details. Great colours through the use of flash. Very nice dark contrasting BG. Perfect frontal POV.

Hi Thor
Great, sharp portrait of a hungry lady. I like face to face POV. Also good exposure

Hi Thor,

A great macro of the Painted Lady feeding, Good focus gives fine detail to the butterfly and plant, colours are natural and vibrant. Nice dark background sets of the subject will.

TFS, have a nice weekend, regards Bill

hello Thorsten!
tres belle macro! incroyable les details le focus les couleurs !!
a tres bientot

Hi Thorsten,
Very good portrait of the head of a feeding butterfly. Brave composition, but well rewarded. Thanks.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-01 9:21]

Hi Thor,
Very hungry, Lady...
Very good macro,colors and details are outstanding.
Have a nice weekend,

amazing macro,Thorsten
perfect Pov and fantastic details

best sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-01 10:31]

Hi Thorsten . I think this is what you call a macro shot. The detail in the head area is amazing. We can see it drinking the nector from the tiny flowers. takrn with rich colours and fine detail. well done TFS.

hello Thorsten
great macro shot with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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