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Painted lady

Painted lady
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 5:02
Viewed: 4368
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 88
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Painted lady - Vanessa cardui
TR.Name: Diken Kelebeği, Boyalı Güzel

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Genus Vanessa
Size Wingspan: 5-6 cm

Not listed under any conservation designations or legislation

The beautiful painted lady butterfly is a long-distance migratory species, and is easily recognised by its orange and black patterns and white spots .The caterpillar reaches 2.8 cm in length, has a black body with white dots, yellowish-black spines, and a yellow line along each side

Every year this species migrates northwards from 'source populations' in North Africa, central Asia and the Middle East to Europe, including Britain and Ireland, where it breeds. Numbers peak in late summer. This species has a worldwide distribution, but is absent from South America. Some authorities claim that the race found in Australia is a separate species .

Found in a huge variety of habitats. Adults seem to prefer open areas with good populations of thistles (Cirsium and Carduus spp.), which are used as foodplants for the caterpillars, although a very wide range of foodplants may be used, including common nettle (Urtica dioica) and viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare) .

In Britain, one or more generations may be produced during a single year, depending on the climate .The female lays eggs singly on the upperside of leaves of the foodplants .The eggs hatch after around a week, and the caterpillars create a tent-like shelter of leaves spun together with silk, within which feeding takes place. They pupate inside these shelters, and the adults emerge after around two weeks .In 1997 it was first shown that adults are able to overwinter in Britain, although it is not known if adults are capable of breeding after overwintering .There is currently no evidence to suggest that this species migrates south at the end of the season. In some years, the migration of this species involves enormous numbers of individuals; in 1996, many millions of painted ladies arrived in Britain, and the event made the headlines at the time.

The appearance of this species in Britain, and indeed its survival as a whole, relies on the persistence of suitable habitat in its source populations, outside of Europe .

No conservation measures are in place for this species.


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Selam Fikret,
Excellent macro shot, nice angle, nice DoF, extremely well focused, great sharpness, pretty natural colors, neat BG.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-10 5:07]

Hi Fikret

Superb capture of the Painted Lady, nicely composed with a excellent sideways POV, the detail is perfectly sharp on the whole of the Butterfly and the Flower too, lovely colours and lighting aswell.

TFS Hilary :o)

bonjour fikret
toujours autant de perfection!!
couleurs netteté details pov et DOF.....
toutes la panoplie de la photo reussie.

Fikret, This is aesthetically, technically and in all aspects the perfect photo.

You have a VERY beautiful butterfly captured here for posterity.

VERY well done.


Warm regards, Kiran.

Hi Fikret,
a sharp, clear and very detailed photo. The DOF is just perfect.

merhaba fikret bey; guzel renklere sahip bir kelebek karesi, kadraj, renkler bakıs acısı arka plan netlik hos olmus tebrikler

Oo Fikret çok güzel bir makro çalışma hemde Datçadan , eline sağlık.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-10 7:47]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Cok temiz, net ve keskin bir fotograf. Detaylar harika. Elinize saglik. Selamlar

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-10 7:50]

Fantastic shot,lovely colours!!!Liked the composition&nice POV!!Milkey bokeh addes extra charm to this beautiful shot!!TFS!!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-10 7:57]

Renkler harika, çekim mükemmel. Görüdügüm en iyi kelebek fotograflarindan biri. Tebrikler.

Hi Fikret,
It is a 'wow'.
So congrats.
So sharp and colourful...
Excellent work!

Selam Fikret Bey,
Mükemmel bir diken kelebeği fotosu olmuş.
Herşey yerli yerinde.
Duruşu,netlik ve arka plan çok güzel.

Hi Fikret, BEAUTIFUL shot of the Painted Lady. Excellant focus, showing off it's beautiful markings and super colors. Great compo. Very well seen and taken. TFS Lyndon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-10 10:32]

Hi Fikret.
I think this is one of the best butterfly pictures by pictured scene, esthetically and by technical level of execution. POV, composition, exactness of details of the flower and butterfly, beautifulness of the colors and amazing BG this is not complete list of the virtues of your superb shot. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-10 10:40]

Hi Fikret,

Beautiful macro and a beautiful picture. The colors and details are excellent. Wonderful composition. Pretty flower too.


A mind-blowing image of this charming butterfly, Fikret. Your expertise in handling your equipment with so much finesse and charisma amazes me.
Though I sound like a parrot repeating itself time and again, this is the kind of image that proves that whatever the equipment, it is the artist behind the lens that creates the magic.
What a pleasure to look at this picture again and again!
Best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-10 12:51]

Hello Fikret,
Amazing macro work has produced a fantastic image with great details and excellent colors, thanks for sharing.

Hi Fikret,
Very impressive picture. Colorful and crisp clear. Fine details are clearly presented. Great pov and composition. TFS

Your painted lady gave a great posture to you! Great pov and bg. Beautiful flower also!
Tebrikler Fikret Bey!

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-10 13:31]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Harika bir Painted Lady fotoğrafı olmuş,
Renklerin canlılığı,detaylar ve netlik harika,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-10 16:50]

Hola Fikret.- Un hermoso Macro. Bellos colores muy naturales y con exelente iluminacion.

Hello Fikret.

Excellent picture, very good details amd colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-10 18:55]

Hola Fikret,
gran trabajo, nitidez luz y maravillosa composición...
estupendo amigo,

Hi Fikret,
the detail you have in this butterfly is first rate.The colours are very vibrant and the green and yellow flower contrasts well with this little creature.Simply a joy to see this one. Bob

Hola Fikret,
Una toma extraordinaria por calidad y belleza, la nitidez, color, textura y fondo son magníficos, enhorabuena. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Fikret,
Like most of your other pictures, this is a little work of art! Details are so sharp that I could almost touch it :) I also almost feel the texture of its wings. Colors are superb and so is this great composition and exposure. This is a wonderful picture! Well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-11 6:48]

What a beautiful Painted lady she is. Exquisitively shown, so sharp, so colourful and so perfect. Well done,

Wow , beautiful shot. Beautiful close up shot, sharp focus, great pose of the butterfly on this pretty flower. Nice soft DOF. Love it. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-11 18:31]

Hello Fikret,
wonderful composition, I like the POV and the stong colors. Perfectly sharp details and great presentation.

Hi Fikret

You show this pretty butterfly beautifully. Well composed, very good light, perfect saturation of colour, excellent DoF and nicely presented. :-)

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-12 9:18]

Hi Fikret,
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece - unbelievably good! Can't hardly get any better than this!

Merhaba Fikret, wonderful butterfly and wonderful flower with splendid colors and amazing details, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-12 17:42]

Hi Fikret,
The best painted lady amongs painted ladies!! Absolotely wonderful colours, details, sharpness, background, light, pov, pose and composition. Really good work!
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-12 19:46]

Hello Fikret

Wow.This is outstanding.The focus is razor sharp ,with sharp details and excellent colour saturation.The composition is superb.I love the lighting and OOF BG.TFS


Hi Fikret,

Excellent shot
Superb compo, sharpness, details, colours and POV

TFS Thijs

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-04-13 18:28]
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HI Fikret, a painted lady indeed. Very beautiful. Absolutely wonderful colors. Very good detail and it sets well against the background. Flower is nice and not disracting. Very well done, thanks.


Selam Fikret;kusursuz bir macro,enfes renkler,tebrikler...

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-15 4:31]

Hello Fiyo,
Back from holidays, I discover this perfection. One cannot do better..Congratulations.
Thank's and best regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-15 5:48]

And what about this marvel?!
Excellent point of view, sharpness, colors, lighting and stunning composition!
My compliments and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-15 6:48]

Hi Fikret.
This is excellent composition with very nice point of view.I like this perfect sharp details on wing and his pretty pose on flower.Colors and light are superb.I like also precise separation this butterfly and flowers from amazing OOF BG.My compliments, it is great work!Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-15 7:18]

selam fikret
bu guzel kelebege harika bir yakin cekim yapmissin. kompozisyonu, bakis acisi, arka plani, alan derinligi, renkleri, netligi, detaylari ve isigi super bir kare olmus
eline saglik

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-04-15 16:03]

hi Fikret,
olala, je suis sous le charme, la qualité de cette image est exceptionnelle. Magnifique couleurs et netteté.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-18 2:03]

Hello Fikret,
Magnificent shot of this female showing very sharp details and lovely colours. I like its pose on the Lantana and it really stands out from the green background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Fikret.
Una verdadera preciosidad.
Perfecta presentación, con magníficos colores y una iluminación excelente.
Un saludo, JL.

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