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Lesser Wanderer

Lesser Wanderer
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 4:22
Viewed: 3706
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lesser Wanderer (Danaus chrysippus) is found throughout the Australian continent, though it only occurs sporadically south of Sydney in the south east. This species is known as the Plain Tiger in Asia, the Middle East and southern Europe; and the African Monarch in Africa.
I have only seen a couple of times and thus I was quite pleased to be able to literally walk up to and grab a dozen shots on this occasion.
In the south-east they fly between September and May and are usually found in very open woodland, disturbed lands and heathland. They produce several generations each year in tropical parts of the continent, but are generally just nomadic visitors to the south east.
They have a wingspan of 60mm.

Info: Braby, M.F. 2004 The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia

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Hello Chris,
Wow! what a beautiful shot of butterfly,very nice composition with good details.I like soft BG here,lovely colours and perfect sharpness.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-23 5:32]

Hi Chris!

Nice to meet you again!
Very good macro of colorfull butterfly. POV is nice, black/orange composition look good on blurred BG.

Hi Chris,

This is also known as Plain Tiger [Asia] & African Monarch. I wish light could be a little more. Still, nice image with open upside wing pattern.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-23 6:20]

Hello Chris,
A great capture of D. chryssipus in a half open-wing pose, the sharpness and DOF being superb thanks to the use of a high aperture. The OOF natural BG sets it off really well.
TFS this beauty,

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con le ali che mostrano tutta la loro bellezza, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-23 9:35]

Hi Chris
Nice presentation.good POV and lovely OOF BG.Light and colors are excellent and the image is well in focus.
TFS Michel

Hello Chris,

Very beautiful shot of this butterfly.
Much details with a good dof.


Hello Chris, superb macro shot of this beutiful butterfly. TFS.
Regards, Bahadır

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-24 3:07]

Hi Chris,
POV, details and patterns on the wings, focus, composition, colors, contrast and lighting are very nice. TFS

So it is known as Lesser Wanderer in Australia, Chris.
Call it by any name, it a beautiful butterfly and my favourite.
Great image with sharp focus and brilliant colours.
TFS and regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-25 6:42]

Hello Chris,
This is such a beauty and your capture is brilliant! I like its pose on the bud and details are very sharp and light and colours are wonderful. Smart background too! Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-25 12:45]

Hola Chris, excelente fotografia, nitida con buen detalle, luz y color, el fondo tiene un agradable desenfoque que contrasta muy bien con el motivo. Un saludo

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