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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.0
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Europe, Insects (Insecta), Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 9:04
Viewed: 5428
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today I decided to show you another picture from my archieve, taken some years ago in Massandra, Crimean Peninsula.

I know, most probably this is one of the best known butterfly species here in TN gallery - Painted Lady (
Vanessa cardui) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), but I have some very species ocassion why I present it today :>

And the reason is that today our friend and coleague Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) finalized his Ph.D. and from this morning he is a doctor of zoology!!! Dear Krzysiek, here are my best congratulations!!! And this picture is dedicated to you!!! :>

As I mentioned above, probably for most of you this butterfly is perfectly known, as it is almost cosmopolitan species recorded from great part of the world, except polar regions and S America.

On the other hand not everyone knows that this species is a migrant in great part of this area, progressing northwards from N Africa in early spring, and extending its range to within the Arctic Circle during summer. Permanently it is known only from N Africa, Canary Islands, Madeira, and some regions of Mediterranean Sea.

Many details about its biology and ecology were given by other TN colleagues, so here I would like to pay your attention on only one phenomenon from its life - migratory behavior :>

Why do insects migrate?
In general, the answer is really simply: to find food, mating partner or new places to lay their egg.

How can insects migrate?
There are two main types of migration:
1.dynamic migration (directed movement controlled by tides or wind, with navigation abilities not essential)
2.homeostatic migration (two-way movements with migrants or offspring returning to breeding areas, hence the need for navigational abilities).

The champion
The best known insect migration is probably a homeostatic migration noted in Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a species which first migrate to overwintering sites and then migrates back toward its summer range (it takes several generations), but the longest migration is a dynamic migration and was noted in African desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in 1988, when some population of this species migrated westward across the Atlantic ocean. The distance was some 4500 km!!!

High, high, up to the sky!
Strange subtitle? Maybe not so strange if we note that many insects can travel with wing up to even 2km above ground level! Entomological literature knows cases when different species of butterflies and dragonflies were observed by pilots at an altitude of 1200-2000 meters! Other, much smaller insects like aphids and ichneumonid wasps were collected at an altitude of even 5 km! At first view they were "freezed to death" but in later in the laboratory, where temperature was hight they started to be active again!!!

siggi, matatur, lousat, crs, boreocypriensis, eqshannon, maurydv, SelenE, cataclysta, rousettus, iris, PaulH, Miss_Piggy, Dis. Ac., uleko, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 9:39]

Hello Radomir,
A beautiful close up of this Butterfly. It is so clear with a lot of detail. It stands out well from the background. good composition. The flowers are well in focus. Well done. TFS.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

You must have a rich archive stacked somewhere Radomir, this may be a well known species but your specimen is in exceptionally good form, displaying its salient characteristics perfectly, the side lighting is good and the flower it is feeding on is a beauty in itself! Plus an expertly capture make this really a most pleasant composition (well, the aperture might be f/4, to soften the BG some more, but it is a trifle my friend). Surely a good dedication for Krzysztof on the first day of his being a doctor of zoology!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-21 10:55]

Hi Rado,isn't easy to comment a beauty and a perfection like that!!Very fantastic butterfly and great background too,just my best compliments for this professional work,thanks a lot for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Super fotka.
Żywe kolory i niezwykła ostrość.
Nie wiem, czy nie wolałabym widzieć całego kwiatka w kadrze, ale pewnie byłby nieostry.
Tak czy inaczej, zdjęcie bardzo mi się podoba.

Hi My friend Radek,

A different subject from you:) but a great macro capture of this beautiful butterfly from lateral POV with wonderful details and DOF.
TFS and greetings from Cyprus,

Ps. My last posting (a murex shell which I dedicated to Prof. Atatur (matatur)-disappeared from my gallery without any explanation on this from TN.

A fantastic pallet of colours...in one photo it is hard to get the whole rainbow isn't it..but you sure gave it a try! Wonderful image!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-21 22:56]

Hi Radomir.
It is a fantastic. I am amazed with this masterpiece. All is brilliant – subject (I cannot imagine more wonderful scene), 3D-effect, clean fine colours and transparency of the image, precise details and sharpness of the main objects, wonderful a bit blurred pictorial BG. My congratulations and Bravo.
P.S. Many thanks for nice and detailed comments to my last ladybird shot. It was very interesting to read it.

Like the contrast between colourful butterfly and white flower.
Best wishes,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-22 0:41]
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Hello Radomir,

Your photo is a beauty! You have captured such a fine light showing such beautifull colors on insect's wings. The fine combination of light and shadows gives depth to wing's surface. Due to the excelent sharpness wing's pattern can be observed in great details.


Ciao Radomir,
meravigliosa macro di questa splendida farfalla, eccellenti POV e composizione per la bella ed elegante posa, straordinaria la qualità dal punto di vista tecnico con una super definizione dei dettagli delle ali che ci mostra in modo impeccabile la stupenda livrea della parte inferiore.

Hi Radomir, fantastic vanessa with splendid colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-22 4:21]

Hi Radomir,
Nice, crisp sharp and well focused close-up photo. Good POV and details. TFS

Czesc Radziu
Wielkie dzieki. Fotka i notka super. Motyl jest pospolity ale piekny a ja nie mialem okazji zrobic mu takiego zdjecia jak bym chcial. Tym bardziej podoba mi sie ta fotka. Super skomponowana, ostra z ladna mozaika rozmytych lisci w tle
Dzieki raz jeszcze

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-22 10:30]
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Taki okaz i na tak barwnym kwiecie rzuca sie w oczy sposrod innych na calej stronie, no a poza tym zagraniczny. Szkoda ze nie spotkam tutaj na zywo. Super swiatlo i stad zywe kolory.
P.S. Serdeczne dzieki za identyfikacje na moich foto.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-22 12:30]

Hello Radomir,

Beautiful composition. Very good sharp picture of this Vanessa Cardui, that is its best side I think. Great light and splendid colours.

Hello radomir,
a great selection to celebrate Krzysztof's PhD degree. Superb colors and great sharp details. Nicely composed and framed. Thanks for sharing this beauty, well done my friend

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-22 23:06]

Hi Radomir,
Outstanding shot of this elegant and beautiful Painted Lady with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. Great pose captured with sucperb lighting and I like this natural setting too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-23 4:17]

Hello Radomir

A rich presentation showing the beautiful details on the wings of this wonderful subject of yours.The butterfly is in sharp focus with excellent colours and sharpness, the natural light highlighting its beautiful features excellently.The BG adds to make the composition very natural and original.
Thanks for sharing this one and I am sure Dr.Pabis is delighted to see this wonderful dedication from you.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-23 8:00]

Hello Radomir, great details, very sharp image and a great quality shot, thanks!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-23 10:27]

Hi Radomir,
a very beautiful and uplifting image. The colours are wonderful and the whole setting very pretty...a great sight to see on such a grey and dull day in England, thank you!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-23 13:30]

There seems to be a lot of Painted Lady photos about at the moment but this one really stands out!
The colours are magnificent!
Very sharp.
Great composition.
Nice lighting.

Well done, Radomir!

Dear Radomir
This is really beautiful. The combination of autumn colours on the wings is really special. Add the spot of pink of the flower, and it rounds of to a most beautiful presentation. A lovely close-up with great focus, sharpness and framing all in one. The light in the background adds speciality to this already lovely image. Presented in a most pleasant and cheerful manner. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Hi Cloud,

Indeed many times photographed by TN members and also trough me.
Good dedication.
Nice pov and exellent of sharpness and details.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-25 4:04]

Hello Radomir,
A beautiful dedication to Krzys who surely deserves it! Very fine and clear view of the Painted Lady on a pretty flower. Lovely colours too and a fine composition. A nice reminder of warm summer days!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 8:52]

merhaba radomir
wonderful macro photo of this best known species and nice dedication
i like POV, colours, sharpness and details

Hola Radomir,
Fantástica foto, lo tiene todo, luz, composición, nitidez y unos colores muy naturales, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

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