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Vanessa Atalanta

Vanessa Atalanta
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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: 2014-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-10-22 6:04
Viewed: 978
Points: 28
[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.
È una delle ultime specie di farfalle avvistabili in nord Europa prima dell'arrivo dell'inverno, spesso mentre si posa sui fiori dell'edera nelle giornate di sole.
La Vanessa atalanta è anche nota per essere capace di cadere in stato di ibernazione; la colorazione degli esemplari che riemergono da questo stato è notevolmente più scura rispetto a quella dei nati in primavera. La farfalla, specialmente nelle zone dell'Europa meridionale, è comunque in grado di alzarsi in volo anche d'inverno se il tempo è bello.

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One of the best ADMIRALS I've seen on TN.
Loved your notes.
Greetings from Mario in Canada.

Ciao Luciano

Perfect image of red admiral, absolutly perfect, the best in TN. Very nice composition. Thanks for sharing.



Very pretty butterfly, Luciano.
It is a gem of a picture.
Immaculate focus and superb details and colours.
Why do we have less space in front of the subject?

hallo Luciano
super good light on this beautiful butterfly
the colours are super and great sharpness
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)
  • [2014-10-22 8:21]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent macro in splendid clarity and sharpness with amazing details. IMO you can remove a piece of the left side of the photo. But it's still a beauty.

Hello Luciano,
It always strikes me that these guys seem to be quite unaware of gravity, as is so well shown here. Well, they are so light with such large wingspans. The colours are beautiful and the composition is good, and what I like a lot is that there is sufficient DOF. The whole butterfly is in sharp focus and shown really well. Good work.

Very good picture of a beautiful butterfly.
Very well focused and beautiful colors. The composition could have been better if the butterfly was a little to the left of the frame.

Ciao Luciano, gran bella, fresca fresca e con le ali magnificamente aperte, fantastici colori, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

a real beauty, greetings Ori

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2014-10-22 16:38]

Olá Luciano excelente foto de qualidade muito boa com cores belas e nitidez meus parabéns.

Hello Luciano - Beautiful Butterfly. Well captured and presented with splendid colour and sharpness. IMHO, the branch (where antennae touches) looks distracting to me, although you had no scope to chose different angle to keep such green BG in your shot. I like the way you have placed the subject off- centered. But I prefer keeping much space in front of the subject than behind. Here bark of the tree is a blank space to me. If I crop little bit from there, subject will be in centre. Then? I have done a WS. Have a look...Ignore it, if you don't agree with me. Thanks for sharing. Regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-23 4:07]

Bonjour Luciano,
Il nous a aussi rendu visite ce papillon, mais moins nombreux que les années passées.
Pas facile de bien le photographier,là tu as bien réussi.
Bon après-midi

Ciao Luciano,
Beautiful photo, the subject's off-centered quite well, and the fact the admiral looks out of the frame than into it makes the photo a pleasant rulebreaker. Interesting image - although I like Srikumar's idea of rotating and cropping also. Nice colors and sharpness as well.
Ciao e grazie, László

Bella composizione e colori fedelissimi. Luce super.


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