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Admiral on Deck!

Admiral on Deck!
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 4, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-12 5:47
Viewed: 3359
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta [Linnaeus])

Wing span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm).

Identification: Upperside is black with white spots near the apex; forewing with red median band, hindwing with red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band.

Life history: The Red Admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if available, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live within a shelter of folded leaves; older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hibernate.

Caterpillar hosts: Plants of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), tall wild nettle (U. gracilis), wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), pellitory (Parietoria pennsylvanica), mamaki (Pipturus albidus), and possibly hops (Humulus).

Adult food: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.

Habitat: Moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps, moist fields. During migrations, the Red Admiral is found in almost any habitat from tundra to subtropics.

Range: Guatemala north through Mexico and the United States to northern Canada; Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia. Cannot survive coldest winters; most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants.


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Very nice close-up, Sharp and colorful, nice composition.

Beautilful butterfly Greg. Very good colours, good POV and an excellent sharpness. That´s an excellent compositionen with great informatvie note. Congratulations. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-12 6:20]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful close up.Colors,contrast,sharpness,POV,details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-12 6:24]

Very good capture of the Red Admiral Greg. Your camera does take very good macro / close-up shots, I am very impressed with this. Colours and details are excellent. TFS...

Very good macro Greg, just a little bit too centered.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-12 6:52]

Good shot Greg. Well exposed and composed. Sharp details and nice colors. BG is nicely blurred. Well done & TFS!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-12 6:53]

I didn't know there are Vanessa atalanta in Europe, I thought only in America... Thanks Greg for sharing this nice shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-12 7:15]

une très belle présentation, l'éclairage est superbe et fait bien ressortir les belles couleurs du papillon.

Félicitation et merci pour l'envoie !

Hi Greg,
A superb Shot! The composition and framing are perfect. The light and shadows are soft, giving beautiful colors, and sharp detail. Excellent OOF backround. This one rocks!!!

It's a beauty, Greg.
It's good to see "my" butterflies;-)), all of them has moved tp Poland.;-)
Well composed, very nice colours and good details.
The exposure are spot on.
Great work, my friend.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-12 9:16]

jeszcze raz admira³ek, tu te¿ ³adny, dobrze pokazany. Dobra robota - jak zawsze.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-10-12 9:35]

wow! very nice macro. intensive colors, perfect focus, lovely composition. what elese needed? tfs

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-12 10:35]

Hello Greg,
Amazing shot and wonderful colours!
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent.TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-12 11:17]

very nice one Greg,
well composed shot, good light, fantastic colours, great in pov and a nice dof, very good job.
gr. Jaap

Once again a perfect admiral.
Nothing more must be said, only wonderful, everything perfect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-12 14:06]

Grzegorz, very beautiful capture.

Excellent pov, composition and sharpness. I like lighting and vivid colors too. Great contrast all around.

No nits at all to me.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-12 14:59]

Hi :o)
very nice shot
perfect details,colors and composition.
I like it this background.
very nice green
TFS Libor

Ola Greg :-)
Great colours and fantastic close-up.

Very well done! Nice colors and good composition.

Very good colors, details and well presented Greg. Perhaps too centered but this can be considered subjective. Thank You.

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  • law Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 2 N: 7] (87)
  • [2005-10-12 21:15]

Beautiful colors. Nice composition and sharpness. Very well capture, Greg. The details are great.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-13 2:58]

Beautiful butterfly, Grzegorz. Sharp details and gorgeous colors. Great POV. Well done and TFS. ; )

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-13 10:35]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you MF Greg.

Hi Greg!
Excellent red admiral capture.Colors,contrast,POV,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Greg

Beautiful lighting in this shot. Good depth of colour. Sharpness and detail are spot on as always. Nice work. TFS.

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