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Vanessa atalanta


Vanessa atalanta
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 6:07
Viewed: 3299
Points: 1
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After a long extended holiday due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland and left stranded in Crete,most of the orchids had gone.So on a daily walk we began to see lots of butterflies,having never really tried to photograph them I thought we should try and broaden our horizons

I admire everyone`s patience in trying to catch these beauties,I do not know what the locals thought of a mad English woman running along the road praying for the butterfly to land and stay still long enough for me to try and get a shot.

I hope I have got the identification right.


The Red Admiral or Vanessa atalanta (previously also known as Pyrameis atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.

This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red and black wing pattern. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.

In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in, often feeding on the pale fire of ivy flowers on sunny days. The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects. The butterfly also flies on sunny winter days, especially in southern Europe.

In North America, the Red Admiral generally has two broods from March through October. Most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants, but this species over-winters in south Texas.

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_atalanta


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-05-26 23:33]

Very nice capture and composition. More DOF should be better for a more clear image.

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