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Vanessa atalanta

Vanessa atalanta
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Copyright: Slawek Chudy (chudy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC-H10, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3,5-4,4/6,3-63
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-05 12:15
Viewed: 3063
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
For cobra112 and Silvio2006

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wing span. 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. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings 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 flowers of ivy 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.

The Red Admiral is the butterfly featured by Vladimir Nabokov, an amateur lepidoptrist, in his novel "Pale Fire".

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Species: V. atalanta
Binomial name
Vanessa atalanta
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Czesc Slawek,
super zdjecie tego motyla. Swietna kompozycja, ostrosc. Piekne naturalne kolory. Bardzo podobaja mi sie tez kwiatki, na ktorych siedzi ten motyl.
Pozdrawiam i zycze udanej niedzieli,

Hello Chudy! Superb macro with wonderful colors and excellent details.
Have a nice weckend!

hello Chudy
this is very good sharpness -nice light and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-05 12:27]

Siemianko Slawek,
Nie powiem niczego sobie,wszystko na bardzo dobrym poziomie od ostrosci do kolorystyki do tego doskonaly kadr.Podoba sie.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hallo Slawek,
a very good macro shot of the Red Admiral taken from an excellent POV showing perfectly the features of the upperside wings, fine details and marvellous colours, very pleasant composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-05 16:04]

Hi Slawek,this is a great gift not only for Roby and Silvio,but to all the butterflies fans of TN.A very imrpressive macro whit beautiful details,sharpness and colors,not easy to go so close the big Vanessa!My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Witaj Slawek,

Since i'm not active on TN as i stated in my intro page, i could see your last comment on one of my mushroom post:) So sory for the delaying reply you.
This is utterly perfect macro in everyway MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hello Slawek
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Helo Slawek,
This image is really top class. The beautiful colours and disposition of the butterfly are complemented by the good composition and excellent quality. Well done.

Many thanks Slawek for this gift! Excellente details an beutiful natural colours. Lovely compo. Very well done!


Ciao Slawek, thanks for this wonderful Vanessa, I like a lot your lovely dedication, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, superb macro, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-06 7:15]

Very fine closeup of wonderful butterfly. tfs.

Witaj Slawku
Alez pieknie ujales tego motyla, widac go w cale krasie. Ja probowalam pstryknac motyla, uganialam sie po lace a efekt mizerny!

Witaj Slawek,
Greatly exposed, beautiful shot, showing the surroundings of the b-fly also. Great low DoF, and the presence of red / white flowers is simply awesome. Nice job MF, congrats.
Best regards, Wladek

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