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American Lady(Vanessa virginiensis)

American Lady(Vanessa virginiensis)
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-18 8:01
Viewed: 2074
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vanessa virginiensis is a medium-sized (wingspan: 37 to 56 mm) tawny-orange and brown butterfly on the upperside, this species has blue centres in several of the black submarginal spots on the hindwings. The underside has a very complex pattern with two large eyespots towards the outer margin of the hindwings.

The American Lady ranges from Central America throughout most of the continent north to Newfoundland, L'Anse-au-Clair in southeastern Labrador, Lac-Albanel, Quebec, and Churchill, Manitoba. There are a few records from Saskatchewan north to Deschambault Lake, three records from Alberta and three from British Columbia. It has been recorded several times on Sable Island, 160 km off the coast of Nova Scotia.

This butterfly usually migrates into Canada in May. The second and third generations are seen from June to September.

Habits: As with most migratory butterflies, this species can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including roadsides, old fields, meadows, and forest clearings. It is fast flying and often alights on flowers and other objects with its wings spread.


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia
Species: V. (C.) virginiensis


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Hello Derek,
lovely pose of this nice butterfly( virginiensis), great clarity and perfect colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hi Derek,
amazing colours. Great point of view. Excellent composition. Nice details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-18 9:08]

Hi Derek,
beautiful photo of this amazing butterfly, details & colors are fantastic, never seen it before ! TFS !

Hi Derek,
A lovely shot, good detail and a nice pose from a good pov.
Nice natural background.
TFS regards Bill.

Ciao Derek, great macro of fantastic butterfly, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Derek

This composition of yours with the butterfly placed in one corner feels like a perspective from the eyes of this beauty and teh contrasting colours enhance the image. Beautifully done indeed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-19 15:43]

Hi Derek,a great gift to the butterflies fans like me,it's very rare to see on this gallery the american sister of our common Cardui,and i like a lot your contribution.Magnificent perspective and wings position and great details despite the point of view. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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