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Automn's colors

Automn's colors
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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: 2009-10-14
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-14 8:05
Viewed: 2633
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Colias taken today,these are the colors of automn too.

Colias crocea

A regular migrant to the Uk from Europe, and although seen in most years it is well known for occasional "mass" migrations, sometimes called "Clouded Yellow years". Usually seen from March to October. Found in fields, meadows and grasslands over much of North Africa and Southern Europe to the Middle East, occasionally reaching the Scandinavian region when migrating. Feeds on leguminous plants, including the Clovers (Trifolium), Lucerne (Medicago sativa) both found in Brickfields Park, and occasionally, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). Breeds in the Uk but does not overwinter. The caterpillar is bright green and hairy with a broad pale yellow / white stripe along its upper side. Capable of two broods per year usually in June and August.

With a wingspan of 50-65mm (2-2.5in), when settled it always has it's wings closed so the greenish yellow undersides with central silver spot outlined in red are the usual view of this butterfly, however the wing upper sides are an orange-yellow with broad dark brown borders, in the female ♀ these borders contain yellow or pale white spots. A small proportion of females are pale yellow and can be confused with the rarer Pale (C. hyale) and Berger's Clouded Yellows (C. alfacariensis). Females are larger than the males ♂, both having a dark brown spot to the upper forewing whilst on the upper hind wing the females have the same central silver spot outlined in red as the underside which is absent in the male.

Lepidottero di media grandezza dalla livrea giallo-arancio con larghe fasce marginali nel cui interno, ma solo nelle femmine, sono comprese macchie gialle. Le parti inferiori sono di colore giallo-citrino con una coppia di punti bianchi contornati di rossiccio sulle ali posteriori. Queste ultime presentano, inoltre, una serie di punti scuri nella regione postdiscale. Non di rado si osservano femmine dalla colorazione bianco-verdastra ascritte alla forma "helice", fissata geneticamente.

Sverna come bruco nascosto tra anfratti e sotto le pietre. In primavera avviene la metamorfosi in crisalidi succinte provviste di un appuntito processo cefalico. A partire da maggio e fino all'autunno, si susseguono varie generazioni. Piante nutrici sono diverse Leguminose e soprattutto le vecce, sulle quali vengono deposte uova rosso-arancio.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Diffusa in Europa centro-meridionale, Nordafrica e Asia minore. Ovunque in Italia, dalla pianura ai 2400 m. Specie tra le più comuni nel territorio, ove si riscontra con frequenza nelle campagne coltivate e al limitare dei boschi

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Hello Luciano,

A great macro with beautiful "Autumn's colors", sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best wishes & have a great evening!



good evening
extra beautiful background in a splendid composition,the light writes very well on the feathers and are attributed very well the colours and the details!
have a good autumn MF

A superb shot, Luciano!
Very beautiful frame and colours!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-14 9:46]

Hello Luciano,
clear, straight, well composed capture with very fine details.
And as joyfully colourful as this pretty Colias crocea deserves to be presented.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano,

Marvelous macro capture of the beautiful Pale Clouded Yellow butterfly with superb details! Great contrast between the colors of the butterfly and the purple flower. The blurry BG enhances the beauty of the shot. The sharpness and POV are perfect.
Wonderful composition!

best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-14 10:05]

Hi Luciano. It still looks like summer with you. We have had a few days good weather . This is a fine side view of this Colias crocea butterfly. Taken with fine detai land bright colours. I like the way the light plays on the wings. well taken TFS.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-14 10:18]

Slav Lûcîano,
Indeed this is a very macro shot with excellent sharpness and great POV.Colors are so natural.Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Ciao Luciano. Non so se sono più belle le trasparenze sulle ali o lo sfondo che sembra una cascata di luce. Un livello di nitidezza e dettagalio credo irragiungibili. Di sicuro una delle tue migliori di quest'anno.

ps. Non sono potuto uscire causa tosse maledetta. Virus H1n1.....' magari riesco a fotografarlo.....!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-14 11:09]

Excellent photo, congratulations!

Hello Luciano,

a good presentation from this butterfly with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


Hope you'll be fine. This is a marvellous shot and the bright sunny day that it is, seems like early morning or perhaps before sunset, for the light and shade combination is fascinating, devastating!The shimmer of trees in the background is defintely giving this picture a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing a wonderful butterfly with us sitting on equally beautiful flower. Take care.....warmest regards/Abid

Salut Luciano
Alors, comment va l'ami italien depuis tout ce temps ?
A en juger par la qualité de cette photo, je ne me fais pas de...souci (c'est le nom qu'on donne en France à ce papillon) On peut vraiment admirer la bête en détail, c'est un beau travail.
A bientôt (mais peut être pas en Afrique du Sud pour moi....)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-14 11:26]

Bonsoir Luciano,
De retour du Valais je découvre cette magnifique image de Colias, une petite merveille prise à contre-jour. Cela doit être une sorte d'adieu des papillons,et en plus tu as pu capter un spécimen en parfait état. Le froid arrive, il est déjà bien installé chez nous..il fait 5°.
Bravo aussi pour la composition exceptionnelle et la gestion parfaite de la lumière.
Bonne nuit

hello Luciano
this is a beauty!
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao amico Luciano,

An amazingly beautiful and impeccable close-up capture of this beautiful Colias from great POV with fine composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-14 12:54]

Hola amigo,
interesante iluminacion y macro,
buen pov y color...
saludos Luciano.

Bonsoir Luciano,
Quelle beauté! J'aime beaucoup cette lumière arrière et les détails parfaits du Colias. L'arrière-plan est intéressant aussi (cascade?).
Bonne soirée,
P.S. Non, je ne laisse pas tomber mes expéditions photographiques... Photos d'automne à venir! Juste un petit coup de nostalgie de l'été!

It's like a test patter of colours on my screen. so many rich blends of deep colours...amazing....all to frame this simple butterfly in which you glorify nature!

Kodiang 2009

Hi Luciano: Autumn has fine colors and this Colias resembles the autumn colors. You have captured with fine sharp details and the backlighting enhanced the vividness of the image. Excellent shot and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-14 20:35]

Hi Luciano,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Clouded Yellow in a fine pose. The backdrop looks superb. Perfect light, colours, sharpness, POV and DOF. Excellent composition. Kudos.

Wonderful sharpnes...
Light is so beautiful.
I think these are the last butterflies of the season.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-10-15 0:00]

Lovely lighting, great background and colors, and meticulous focus, make this a great image.

My compliments!


Ciao Luciano,
un controluce quasi perfetto, hai gestito eccellentemente il contrasto di luce e mi piace la scelta di aver saturato molto i colori piuttosto di avere situazioni di alte luci con colori "slavati", straordinaria nitidezza in una composizione di grandissimo impatto visivo con uno sfondo spettacolare macchiato (purtroppo) dai riflessi del diaframma (non disturbano più di tanto), che forse rappresentano una piccola civetteria?
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-15 4:26]

Wonderful capture!
Great colors of the autumn.

Ciao Luciano, questa è da oscar, non sono riuscito a capire che c'è nello sfondo, ma l'effetto è fantastico, di Colias quest'anno ce ne sono state tante dalle mie parti, però è sempre una schizzata mica facile da beccare, magnifica luce e splendidi dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-15 6:25]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo in great sharp details. Very beautiful natural and clear colours. Good composition, BG, DOF and POV.
TFS and regards,

foto ispirata che ti ha costretto a terra
per cogliere lo sfondo di pioppeti...ed e' cosi'che ti viene il mal di schiena
ormai hai una certa eta',Luciano.........

sciao sERGIO

bonjour luciano
très belle capture de ce Souci délicatement posé sur cette jolie fleur
les details sur le papillon, la fleur et la feuille
sont superbes et j'aime bien les couleurs et la lumière
passze une bonne nuit

Un contraluz rompedor !!

Un contraluz muy meritorio por el efectivo fondo elegido que hace que se cree un gran realismo en el primer plano.
Buen encuadre y buena compensación de la luz.

Un trabajo muy especial, que marca diferencias.

Saludos Luciano: J. Ignasi.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-30 15:07]

Hi Luciano
Beautiful photo with excellent color and detail...A very nice composition...TFS

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