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The last Vanessa

The last Vanessa
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-02 11:30
Viewed: 1563
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Tribe: Nymphalini

Genus: Vanessa

Species: V. atalanta

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.


La Vanessa atalanta Linnaeus, 1758, nota anche come Vulcano, è una farfalla della famiglia delle Ninfalidi, diffusa nelle zone temperate di Europa, Asia e Nord America.
Questa grande farfalla si riconosce dal vivace disegno color marrone scuro, bianco e rosso delle sue ali.
bruco si nutre di foglie di ortica, mentre gli esemplari adulti prediligono le infiorescenze di piante come la Buddleja e la frutta in avanzata fase di maturazione.
Questa specie vive abitualmente in zone temperate, ma effettua delle migrazioni verso nord in primavera e occasionalmente in autunno.

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hello Luciano
great shot of this late butterfly
good details and lovely light with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-02 11:46]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful photo in splendid clarity and colours. Impressive sharpness and details. Beautiful Autumn colours in the background.

Ciao Luciano, oggi le ho fotografate anch'io ed erano ancora belle come questa, fantastici colori, ottimi dettali e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciso Silvio

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-11-02 13:21]

Beautiful! Bye-bye Vanessa!

TFS, Luciano,


Hello Luciano - Beautiful picture of this Red Admiral. Excellent colour and sharpness. Picture looks bright and well detailed too. I like the way you have framed it when it was resting on a Rose Tree. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Salam my Flower Friend,

Luciano, another very beautiful shot from another very beautiful butterfly as your favourite theme ,

very interesting shape of this butterfly with these interesting colours,

Well done and Thanks!

** Saluti e Dio sia con te amico, **

Hello Luciano,
Hope life is good dear friend. This is indeed a fine nostalgic shot of this beautiful red admiral now that winter is setting in and there will be no more butterflies.In the flashlight, the shot has been taken with great skill and despite the return light it has not been overexposed, full marks! Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
warm regards/Abid

Hello Luciano,
Excellent clarity and details,beautiful play of light and very well exposed.
Best regards.....Joy

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-11-03 10:18]

Ciao Luciano

Great macro,it is realy fantastic, excellent sharpness and details, very nice composition. Thanks for sharing.



Bonsoir Luciano,
une superbe qualité d'image qui met en valeur ce magnifique papillon. Une très belle photo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-11-04 0:27]

Bonjour Luciano,
Oui, les derniers papillons partent en ce moment, comme toi j'ai vu quelques V. atalantae. Image lumineuse qui éclaire bien les ailes inférieures, en général très sombres.
Bonne journée

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-11-04 12:50]

Hi Luciano
I can see a hundred butterflies and none is equal to another.
Nice pattern, colors and light.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-11-05 5:18]

Ciao Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly ..
Nice photo with good composition and good sharpness.
Best wishes,

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY.Beautiful color combination and very well vertical composition.

Hello Luciano,
the use of flash has enhanced both the warm colours of the butterfly as well as the surrounding Autumn leaves making a very attractive capture.
I was lucky enough to spot one of these in the garden earlier this week.
Regards Les.

Ultima e meravigliosa. Brillantissima! Caspita, se non arriva il freddo forte le vedremo in giro ancora per un po'.


Hello Luciano

Great macro of this beautiful butterfly, fine POV, DOF, I like the vertical
framing you give, beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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