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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
Photo Information
Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-07 3:53
Viewed: 2767
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
WiKiPedia Information on "Painted Lady" butterfly:

The Painted Lady group of colourful butterflies comprises the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.

The group includes:
the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), which is almost global in its distribution

1. Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
2. American (Painted) Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
3. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5--9–cm (2--2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

Vanessa cardui

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4--5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

The West Coast Lady (V. annabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks a white dot in the subapical orange found in virginiensis, and is a purer orange color. annabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in annabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in annabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in corresponding virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is quite similar to V. cardui. Its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. Caterpillars are found mainly on Ammobium alatum.

(Source of information: WiKiPedia)

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-07 4:40]

Hi, thank you for your opinion!It is a verry good photo of this butterfly, good sharpness and naturel colors, congratulations! Y am working in this weekend, y wish you also a good weekend too!

Hi Paras
Another good Painted Lady shot with excellent details and colours on the butterfly and flower. Whilst the DOF is good for the subject the background is a little distracting to my eye.
Have a great weekend!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-07 5:15]

Hello Paras,
This flower on photo is so colourful that attention focus on it. The butterfly is shown very well in good light with perfect sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-07 5:22]

Hi Paras,
such a beautiful butterfly . The flower too is very pretty and exciting. Great sharpness and superbs details of both.
The lighting is well cexploited
Lovely presentation.


Hallo Paras
A very striking image with strong colours and detail that is well displayed and seen. The clarity of both the flower and the butterfly is very eye-catching, well focused and really sharp. The viewpoint and composition is much to my liking, as it fills about the entire frame, making the details so much observant and clear. Thanks for sharing this colourful image that reminds me of spring that is on its way to us soon. Best regards.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-07 5:44]

Slav Paras,
Another wonderful Vanessa cardui with excellent colors,sharpness and great details.Well composed.Thanks for sharing.

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-07 6:33]

You should get an DSLR to get better images by controlling backgrounds, here your b'fly is lost in the cluttered background. I appreciate your efforts but get good gear for great results. tfs.

Another brillantly colored butterfly on an equally brillant flower... a gorgeous macro capture with wonderful detail and POV. TFS Paras... :)


Hello Paras,

A really beautiful capture with brilliant colors, sharpness & details. Nicely done & TFS.



Hello Paras,

This is a nice image with vivid colours and PoV is good with flower shown clearly. Well done!


A lovely shot of the lady
I like the flower, too!
Very beautiful composition, overall, buddy!
Have a nice WE!

Excelente fotografía Paras, con una sorprendente profundidad de campo y un "explosivo" primer plano.
A la mariposa creo que ya la vamos conociendo todos :-)
Buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi and Good Morning Paras,
Another excellent macro capture of a painted lady from nice latero-frontal POV with excellent clarity and details.
TFS and have a nice WE!

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