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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: 2012-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-28 10:50
Viewed: 2234
Points: 18
[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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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-28 11:04]

Hi Derek,
excellent photo of this beautiful butterfly that I have no chanse to see in my country ! Wonderful details & colors ! Thanks !

Ciao Derek, great macro of fantastic butterfly, beautiful ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-28 11:31]

Hi Derek,
Excellent macro photo. Fantastic colours and sharpnes details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hi Derek,
another excellent photo of butterfly. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-28 12:40]

Hello Derek,
This is one of the best shots of thee American Lady that I have ever seen. Quality is outstanding and everything looks so bright and clear. Love the close-up composition with the butterfly and flower in super sharp focus and the BG semi blurred. Awesome job!!

Quite the splash of color there Derek. The butterfly had quite the choice of perches. Its a delight to lay eyes on a good image and this is most certainly a good image. Very impressive photo and comprehensive research on notes....
"friend of the MacKenzie Brothers" Get outta here!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-28 15:52]

Waaw Derek,the butterfly seems to come from the monitor,what a magnificent 3D effect and what a spectacular composition! Very professional capture whit the best details,sharpness and colors,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

really beautiful species. excellently framed in bright light. good clarity. tfs.

Hello Derek!
Fantastic macro. Great POV and composition,wonderful cflours and light. Great depth and excellent sharpness.
Thank You
Have a good Sunday!
Best regards
J. Diogo

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