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Vanessa cardui & Thymelicus acteon

Vanessa cardui & Thymelicus acteon
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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: 2011-05-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-07 4:50
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Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) & Thymelicus acteon (Rottemburg, 1775) feeding on Onopordum cyprium
Painted Lady & Lulworth Skipper

Vanessa cardui is a medium sized butterfly in the family Nymphalidae . The wingspan is 50-65 mm. It is a butterfly with a very wide range. 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.

Thymelicus acteon is a small yellow butterfly in the family Hesperiidae (Skippers). The wingspan is 25-30 mm. It is a species of central and southern Europe, North Africa, Turkey, the Middle East, Iran and Iraq.

The larval host-plants are various species of the Poaceae family. Eggs are deposited in groups within dry sheaths on the host-plant. Newly emerged larvae immediately enter hibernation within a small silken cocoon but probably emerge to feed on mild days during the winter. During development the larvae live within leaf tubes constructed by joining together the two edges of a host-plant leaf. The adult butterflies begin to emerge at the end of April, remaining on the wing until the beginning of July

In Cyprus Thymelicus acteon is a common butterfly recorded in a wide variety of habitats from sea level to 1100 m. It is much more common in the lowland areas up to 400 m. Usually found in small groups and it seems to prefer locations with tall dry grass.

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Ciao Christodoulos. Magnificent duoble capture MF! Beuatiful natural colours and excellent sharp.


Hi Christodoulos,
I posted the relative of this Vanessa cardui. They have the same colorful marking. You had a great opportunity to get two butterflies in focus at the same time. Well seen against soft background. TFS,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2012-01-07 5:11]

HI Christodoulos
très belle rélisation en duo, le tout est d'une grande clareté dans une harmonie de couleurs.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-07 5:54]

What a luck, two species on the same flower, looks like they don't see eye to eye, very colorful image. tfs.

Beautiful double catch you have here, Christodoulos. Both have fine details and nicely perch on that flower. Excellent macro in vibrant colors.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-07 6:36]

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful colours and DOF with a good blurred background. Fantastic POV and composition.

two species in one frame(actually three, yes the flower)with optimum sharpness and very well composed.

hello Christodoulos
super composition with many details and beautiful colours
i like this shot
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)
  • [2012-01-07 7:36]

Hello Christodoulos.
Lovely shot with great lighting and vivid colors. Focus, sharpness, POV, composition and details are very good.Best regards Siggi

Hi Christodoulos,
what a nice photo! Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness. Just perfect!!
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Christodoulos,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfleis. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Painted Lady and Lulworth Skipper butterflies. It is shapr and clear. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


A beautiful duo, great to see both together to make the size comparison. Both in excellent focus with great detail and perfect light.
regards yiannis

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-07 11:11]

Wonderful colours and splendid light in this image, Christodoulos ! Impressive sharpness and great POV; perfect contrast with a blurred background. A beauty!!

Ciao Christodopulos, amazing capture of strange coule of lovely butterflies on the same flower, superb macro with beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Viewing this and the portraits previous I so so can't wait to be lost in nature again. Love this treat, duo beauty, great POV and colors which delight the eyes. It may be a "common" butterfly, you captured an uncommon PERFECT snapshot which delights my day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-07 15:46]

Hi Chris,a lucky opportunity this meeting on the purple flower! And a great result,spectacular quality as usual and very nice composition too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-07 19:27]

Hello Christodoulos!
What a shot!!! Two in the same time!!! A real masterpiece! As usually , great sharpness, focus,BG and fabulous composition.Bravo! TFS
Have a nice sunday!

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent timing to had them in the same image,
with fine POV, great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful color tones, excellent contrast of the
color tones, beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


Hello Christodoulos,
All your pictures looks perfect. At this one I especially like the composition, colours and clear BG. Congratulations!

Hello Christodoulos,
What a beautiful triple capture! Again explicit sharpness and details combined with beautiful colours, POV, light balance an enhancing BG. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Christodoulos,
great capture of these butterflies with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like your well chosen POV and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hi Christodoulos,

very nice composition, best regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-09 7:27]

Great focusing here Christodoulos!
Wonderful capture of both cardui and acteon together on a large thistle flower. The sharpness, natural colours, composition and BG are top!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-10 6:16]

Hi Chris!
What a lovely composition. Fantastic capture of two different butterflies. The image is very clear and the focus on the subjects is perfect!
Splendid blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-10 8:06]

Hi Christodoulos,
Very nice close-up of this butterflies. Perfect moment captured.
Nice colours with excellent detail.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-01-11 4:27]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Lovely butterfly-duo on this fine-colored thistle. Every one is occupied on its side of the flower! As usual best sharpness. Love also the fine tints of your picture. Well done again!
Kind regards

Hi Chris,

Well what a masterpiece you have displayed here my good friend, awesome quality, im not going to ramble on with this one just impeccable work here Chris and a 10/10 in my book, congratulations and very well done,
Best Regards,


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