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Vanessa cardui

Vanessa cardui
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 3:03
Viewed: 3248
Points: 56
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Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui is a medium sized butterfly in the family Nymphalidae(wingspan 50-65 mm). It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. It is a migratory species, known for moving in large numbers.

In Cyprus, is a very common butterfly recorded in every type of habitat from sea level to the summit of Troodos. As a result of its migratory behaviour it appears suddenly, as vast numbers pass northwards through the island. One such migration, in March 2001, was estimated to number many millions of butterflies (John 2001). This was followed by another wave in May of the same year which succeeded in arousing the interest of the mass media.

There are many recorded host-plants from various families. In Cyprus, it has been observed as ovipositing on Echinops spinosissimus, Onopordum cyprium, and Ptilostemon chamaepeuce of Compositae family and Lavatera cretica of Malvaceae family. The larvae live singly in a protective ‘’tent’’, which they make by joining host-plant leaves together with a silken net. During the winter months, in lowland areas, pupae and large numbers of larvae, at all stages of development, are very common, especially on Lavatera cretica, a very common weed in cultivated areas and gardens all over Cyprus. It is on the wing throughout the year in successive, overlapping broods.

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Hello Christodoulos,
A very good shot of this butterfly with wonderful colours, amazing sharpness and details!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-11 3:21]

Hello Christodoulos,
lovely sharp and colourful photo of this Butterfly. I love the way the light shows through the wings. A Great composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Chris.

First of all the sharpness in this image is in every sense of the word perfect, so much detail it almost looks real!.
Lovely colour saturation and exposure control, you have an enormous amount of depth of field,
Congratulations and well done my friend, "awesome stuff",
Best Regards,


Ciao Christodoulos. Razor detaild and brigh natural colours. Excellent DOF. I like the square cut.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-11 4:44]

Hello Christodoulos,
One out of your archives, but a shiny one, like all your other pictures. Beautiful Vanessa cardui posed on the warm stone. Perfect diagonal composition too. How beautiful!
Have a nice week
Kind regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-04-11 5:42]

Hi Chris!
Great shap macro shot of Vanessa cardui.
The vivid colours are splendid...impressive details and colours of the body!
Really a wonderful composition.
ciao! Vanda

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-11 6:22]

Gorgeous Painted lady, lovable. Excellent colors and details, as always. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
One of the most beautiful butterflies from Europe.
Splendid capture with lovely natural colore as usual.
Impressive contrast and focus. The details are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb macro shot of the Painted Lady taken from an excelent POV with outstanding sharpness and marvelllous well saturated colours, a very pleasant composition
Best regards

hello Christodoulos
great picture with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Christodoulos,
perfect point of view. Excellent sharpness, amazing colours, very good depth of field.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Christodoulos, fantastic Vanessa cardui on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos, spectacular image ... as usual. Another incredible capture and an impressive wealth of light and detail. Change the subject, but the high quality does not change. A masterpiece. All the best, Paul

Hello Christodoulos,
Maybe a common butterfly in Cyprus but a very special image here. How beutiful! Not only the butterfly but the whole environment. Exceptionally well done. Best wishes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-11 12:26]

Hello Christodoulos,
A fine fresh specimen Painted Lady butterfly perfectly portrayed while sunning itself on the lichen covered rock.
Technically first class with a fine DOF to give all the sharpness necessary as well as provide the OOF Bg.
Nice one from your archives.
The Painted Lady should arrive in Sweden in a week or two.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-11 12:27]

Hi Christodoulos ,
Splendid photo of this Butterfly, TFS!

perfect sharp capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-11 13:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
Great photo in all aspects, again. Very beautiful in colours and superb sharpness. What a beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-11 14:15]

An absolute perfection for the queen of 2009,perfect wings position for the best sharpness everywhere,fantastic colors,details and composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos

Great macro photo of this beautiful Painted Lady,
with very fine POV to show its beautiful patterns
and color tones, very beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


hello Christodoulos
this is an excellent image of a Vanessa Cardui, lovely pose on a rock, his wide open wings are superbly detailed, and the color saturation is just right,
the POV is perfect
Have a good night

Hello Christodoulos,

another great image made by you.
Nice composition, exellent sharpness and pov.
Fine natural colors.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-04-12 0:00]

Shalom Christodoulo,

Lovely Painted lady, very expertly captured (as usual!). I really enjoy your photographic work!

Thank you and best regards,


Hi Christodoulos,
Impressive close-up for this wonderful butterfly.
Sharpness, colours and composition are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Christodoulos,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly captured with nice colours and sharp details. POV and composition are excellent. Well done!

Excellent composition, beautiful colours. regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-04-13 3:16]

Hello Christodoulos,
exciting composition from the top. The patterns and its fine details are well shown. The hairy body is so well exposed in pretty view.
Well composed shot and the diagonal positioning makes this shot more attractive.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-04-15 3:55]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb view of the Painted Lady against a lovely background of lichens! Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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