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The Queen (Danaus gilippus)

The Queen (Danaus gilippus)
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 11:17
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Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm amazed at how many butterflies are still hovering around my place. It's already the middle of November and we've had two minor freezes. Of course, today's weather is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (almost 27 degrees Celsius).
I feel sure this is a male based on other photos I took where scent glands seem to be evident on the lower wings.

Attributes of Danaus gilippus

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae)

Identification: Upperside is chestnut brown; black borders of forewings have 2 rows of white spots; white spots are scattered at the forewing apex. Underside of hindwing has black veins; black borders of both wings have 2 rows of white spots. Upperside of male hindwing has a black scale patch. Very similar to the Soldier (Danaus eresimus), but is more brown and has less defined wing veins on the upperside. Underside hindwing lacks band of pale spots present in the Soldier. Queens in the southwest (and sometimes in the southeast) have pale veins on the upperside of the hindwings, which are lacking in the Soldier.

Life history: To find females, males patrol all day. Females lay eggs singly on leaves, stems, and flower buds; which the caterpillars eat. Adults roost communally.

Flight: All year in Florida and South Texas, July-August in the north.

Wing span: 2 5/8 - 3 7/8 inches (6.7 - 9.8 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Milkweeds and milkweed vines. Some of the milkweeds contain cardiac glycosides which are stored in the bodies of both the caterpillar and adult. These poisons are distasteful and emetic to birds and other vertebrate predators. After tasting a Queen, a predator might associate the bright warning colors of the adult or caterpillar with an unpleasant meal, and avoid Queens in the future.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including milkweeds, fogfruit, and shepherd's needle.

Habitat: Open, sunny areas including fields, deserts, roadsides, pastures, dunes, washes, and waterways.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-10 11:24]

Hi Angelina. All of the butterflies have now gone from where i live so make the most of it you are lucky. You have captured a fine close up of this beautiful butterfly. good detail and colours.with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-10 12:30]

Hi Angelina,
this is a very beauitful shot, i love the setting of the delicate plants and lighting is great. Perfect background and spot on DOF, very well done.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-10 12:31]

Outstanding composition!
I love the gentle autumn colours here

Hi Angelina,

I like a lot this shot , the composition is very good like the colors of the butterfly, taken from a good POV.



Hello Angelina,

I really like the butterfly's 'V' shaped pose that you have captured here! It allows us to view the upper and under sides of the wings!
Lovely colours, detail and composition!

It has been such an unusual year for nature, just keep looking, you may see even more butterflies yet!

Best wishes,
Bev :-)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-10 14:57]

Hola Angelina,
delicada macro,
colores y bella compo. y pov,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 15:27]

Hello Angelina
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Light and BG are outstanding
TFS Michel

What a wonderful fall colored background. Your focus is perfect as well as your DOF. I think you may have A.D.D. though :) You didn't finish your note.

An absolute GEM! An awesome picture which shows the email I sent can be discarded. You have not lost a bit.,.,your break has made you even better..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-10 18:00]

Hi Angelina

Greetings from California!

I think all aspects of this shot aree wonderful - very artistic and spot-on!


Hello Angelina.
Great shot!
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent colors!
Excellent POV; pleasant composition.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Hello Angelina,
what a splendid composition with an excellent sunlight, lovely sweet pose on the flower,
wonderfull warm and nautral colors
excellent composition

Hi Angelina,
Very good POV, composition, and lighting. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-11 4:03]

Hi Angelina, this is a beautiful and charming shot. Very well focused with good use of light. The pov on the Butterfly is excellent and colours, sharpness and dof perfect.

Hi Angy
Nicely presented and very peaceful situation. Delicate background, good sharpness. Maybe you could crop it a little bit more from the bottom for a better composition
Best wishes

Preciosa imagen Angelina.
Bellos colores y estupendo PoV.
Saludos, JL.

Beautiful light in this capture. Just getting ready to head out for some of those! Good pose and detail visible! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-11 8:23]

Hello Angelina,
You're lucky still to have butterflies around! This is a lovely composition in beautiful light and colours. Excellent focus on the butterfly on those tiny flowers, sharp details and a fine POV.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-11 8:57]

Hi Angy,

Wow! This is beautiful - more like a painting than a photo. It has an Oriental flavor with the delicate flowers. The butterfly is marvlous in a wonderful position. Beautiful colors and sharp details. A great shot!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-11 9:05]

Hello Angelina, what a nice name to make a photo like that! Photographing angels. This is a very nice shot of a butterfly, it is very aerial, we feel the element of the butterfly is air, flying through those nice and aerial flowers just like a dance. TFS,


hello Angelina

wow what a wonderful composition,
i like the image's pov and the way
the butterfly's wings are opened



Even on this laptop your photo is incredible looking. Little flowers and DOF in the sunlight are highlighted so well.I rate this top notch, but can't wait to get home to see it on my PC.

I always love your butterfly shots. The contrasting colors, how well they blend in with nature, and the small details that may seem insignificent. This is a terrific close-up of this feel. The DOF is perfect and as always, I'm left amazed. Excellent, just excellent.

This one is gorgeous.
We too have butterflies in Calgary, you know. Ha, ha.
Watch the next post and surprise yourself.
This one looks like a monach or is it really "The Queen".???
Keep them coming, girl, while you can.
Warm & friendly regards to you and your hubby,
Mario from the COLD.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-12 15:16]

Hi Angelina. Exelent shot of this "Monarca" They are still pasing by my town too in they way to south Mexico to invernate in "Michacan" I like them a lot. The other day I went to a park here and they were a lot of children seated arround a profesor who teach them about the Monarca buterflys, they all were paying attention in what she said. Luis52.

hello angelina
que dire de plus que magnifique ce papillon
tres belle présentation aux couleurs jolies et nettes, de bons détails sur un excellent bg
bravo++et merci du partage

Dear Angy
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,exposure anf POV,
Superb shot,Welldone.


hello angelina,
lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly, the oof bg looks nice, well saturated colours, good lighting, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-13 10:16]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful shot.
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-13 14:02]

selam ;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this butterfly well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Angelina,
even though butterflies look delicate they really aren't.I have seen them on days flying when it was snowing and when the air temperature was near freezing.They are sure aggressive as well as I have been "attacked" by them in a vain effort to drive me off but of course they are no threat.So even with the cold you have had it is nice to see you still have them around.This is a lovely looking capture with good colour,focus and detail.I like the airiness of light you have captured.Thanks for giving us this view. Bob

Hi Angelina.
Superb image all over with a perfect DOF. Beautiful light, sharpness and detail. The colours and dainty flowers set the stage perfectly for him.

Hi Angelina,
Yep, mid eighties expected today..In mid-November! Very good DOF, color, and interesting light here.
Well done my Texas friend :)

Hi Angelina,
A beautiful capture of this queen butterfly. Excellent POV and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-15 9:32]

very fantastic pic,the light is perfect and coloura and sharpenss very very good,thanks for share,have a nice dAY,Luciano

Hi Angelina,
marvellous light and atmosphere in this image! Looks very tender and pretty. Superb composition and handling of exposure. Thank you!
My best regards,

hi :)
i like the pose captured and the angle, the BG, the colours, so i like this photo very much

Hello Angelina,
Good point of view and lovely details!
I like the angle of light and the effect on the shine-through wings, the pattern really comes out well...
An attractive composition, vivid colours!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-26 19:42]

Hello Angy

I am not familiar with this relative of the Monarch,kind of like Monarch-Lite.
The focus is excellent with lovely details,the patterns and colours are easy to see.
Well composed with a very good POV.The DOF is well handled,I really like the almost dreamy atmosphere.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-29 14:27]

Hi Angelina,
Thank you for visiting and kind comments.
I like your picture. Very impressive nice scene . Nice butterflies's pose, pleasant colour palette and perfect details. My compliments and kind regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-30 8:01]

Hi Angelina.
I have missed this charming picture of a beautiful butterfly at so nice surroundings. Amazing POV and coloration of the butterfly. Terrific airiness of the BG and its smoothen and colours. Bravo. Very nice refined art work.


Beautiful capture you're presenting here. There is a lot of delicateness in this image, the colours are great and you got the whole butterfly in focus. Congratulations!


Nice shot. The simple bg with the butterfly in the foreground looks wonderful. The light coming thru the transclucent wings look great. Good composition too.

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