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vanessa cardui

vanessa cardui
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-06 11:54
Viewed: 2401
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Un'invasione quest'anno ma è sempre un piacere incontrarla e fotografarla.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Tribe: Nymphalini

Genus: Vanessa

Subgenus: Cynthia

Species: V. (C.) cardui

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America as the Cosmopolitan.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.Painted Lady butterflies are popular for many pre-school and kindergarten classes to raise in schools to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. Painted ladies are very popular with children. They are used in many science fair projects. Several insect distribution companies such as Insect Lore include Painted Lady caterpillars in their catalogue of live insects for ordering.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 moves 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.

La Vanessa del cardo è farfalla di dimensioni rispettabili, raggiungendo una apertura alare di circa 60mm, ed è una delle più note e studiate in assoluto, non solo nella nostra fauna.
La sua fama è dovuta al fatto di essere una notevole migratrice che, grazie alla potenza del suo volo, può compiere degli spostamenti enormi; infatti, con l’esclusione del Sudamerica, si può rinvenire in tutto il mondo.Le sue abitudini la portano a frequentare soprattutto terreni incolti e prati fioriti, in località molto calde ed assolate, ma anche radure e margini dei boschi,come pure giardini e parchi urbani, sia in pianura che in montagna, fino al limite estremo della vegetazione.
La sua abbondanza è estremamente variabile di anno in anno, così che può essere da sporadica a molto comune, come avviene in alcune annate, in relazione ai flussi migratori.A seconda dei climi presenta una o più generazioni annue, dalla primavera alla tarda estate, e si riproduce anche alle nostre latitudini, tramite gli individui che giungono annualmente dalle zone più calde. I bruchi si nutrono di diverse essenze, con una spiccata predilezione per le Carduacee, nonché per le ortiche.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-06 11:58]

Hi Roberto. Its seems to have been a good year for this butterfly. I had about 10 in the gargden at one time. You have taken this with a fine side view so we can see the wing markings. You have taken it with good detail and rich colours. well done TFS. With interesting notes too.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-06 12:31]

Ciao Roberto,
A fine sharp capture of Vanessa cardui taken from a great POV to show its closed wings with fine clarity and colours against a contrasting dark green oof natural BG. A very nice image but perhaps a little too tightly cropped on the left side.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-06 12:40]

Hello Roberto,
lovely coloured butterfly. You show it very well. Good POV, well composed. Stands out well against the OOF BG.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto,
ti diletti ancora con le Vanesse del cardo dopo le grandi scorpacciate primaverili, certo che è sempre una farfalla di grande fascino ed alcune sono straordinariamente belle, bellezza che hai colto con ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, la composizione molto bella, soprattutto nella parte centrale.
Grazie e complimenti.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-06 13:03]

Hello Roberto,
Beautiful photo in excellent clear colours and very sharp details. Good POV, OOF BG and DOF. I prefer a bit more space on the left and less space on the underside.

Hi Roberto,
This is a very clear representation of the butterfly. Like PeterZ I would prefer a little more background on the left side. Looking closely, I also saw some noise in the background and some small artifacts around the edges of the insect, probably caused during the sharpening process. I have dealt with these in a workshop, although the changes are minor and you have to look hard to see the differences. Thanks

Hello Roberto
a greatly presented shot of this Vanessa Cardui feeding pollen on this beautiful purple flower, very sharp details and superb composition
wonderful colors and BG
Have a good night

Ciao amico Roberto, a fine capture of a painted lady butterfly from nice POV with neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and cheers,

hello Roberto
i like a lot the colors and BG,a very good presentation,great macro photo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-07 6:57]

Hi Roberto,
excellent clarity and sharpness. well composed with blurry background.
I like the clear feeler that stands out clearly.


Eh si Roberto, sempre bellissima anche se quest'anno ce ne sono state a centinaia anche da noi, ottima macro e bella composizione dai fantastici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-07 8:23]

How I missed this in first place, lovely image, great lighting and colors. The butterfly perfectly captured with details and pose. tfs.

hello Roberto
great picture with good details and sharpness
super colours
greeting lou

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