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Ruby Lacewing

Ruby Lacewing
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 5:40
Viewed: 4746
Favorites: 1 [view]
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Ruby Lacewing

I visited Butterfly Creek today, Auckland's butterfly house, and this beauty caught my eye as it was prancing about in the sunlight on the Peace Plant. I felt it was performing just for my camera.

This species is widespread through northern India to China, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

They are known as lacewings due to the unique pattern of their wings.

A butterfly of the rainforest, they are mostly seen along the forest edge or along tracks through the rain-forest. The elegant bright orange adults are thought to be distasteful to predators.


peter_stoeckl, ralfsworld, ellis49, cedryk, Maite, saeedabbasi, TAZ, anel, horia, nainnain, gypsygirl58, Debz, pauljk, wallhalla15, cicindela, elif has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To manyee: Thank youJanice 1 04-20 07:49
To Evelynn: The timing was right!Janice 1 04-20 07:45
To ellis49: Thank you my friend...Janice 1 04-18 06:17
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Hi Janice,
spectacular eye-catching image of butterfly and blossom, incredibly well composed! That oval white background of petal looking like an aura, the butterfly elegantly resting on top of the stem in the visual centre, all that could not be arranged in a better way. You got an excellent eye for the perfect approach and the right moment. Congratulations, and thank you!
Best reagrds,

This is really well composed shot, Janice!
Nice colours, butterfly's pose and details.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-17 5:50]

Hi Janice,
Stunning shot. I like the overall composition with the butterfly posing under the petal. Though the sharpness is a bit soft but it gives an artistic look. The green enhances the beauty. Very nicely presented. Kudos.

Hi Janice,
this is a beautiful picture with great composition.
I agree to Peter in he's comment. This is a real winner.
I put in my fav's.
Beautiful work, my friend.

We have had a great weather for some days with +20C and thats
warm for the season but today is it back to normal again.

This is a really unique shot, I like it very much, its like the butterfly has a built in awning to protect itself from the rain. Very nice Janice. :)

Hello Janice,
Interesting POV on this butterfly looking like a plane ready to take off. Good composition.
Best greetings and TFS!

Nice colours, butterfly's pose and details. Excelent picture!! Carme.

good shot!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-17 7:00]

Just like a queen on her throne!
A marvellous shot, Janice! Excellent quality in light, sharpness, DOF and colors and really beautiful composition.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Janice ,
excellent shot at nice moment.
well composition , beautiful colours.
lovely shot
Thanks and regards


What a lovley butterfly really well presented. The composition is really original and shows a less common side of the b'fly.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-17 7:35]

Hello dear Janice,
Wooow ! This photo is original and smart !
The "+++" : composition, nice subject, great pose in the flower, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, colors, exposure, ...
The "?" : just an idea, perhaps you could remove the green leaf on the top ?
Congratulations my friend for this master piece and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-17 7:38]

Hi Janice,
Wonderful artistical shot of this Ruby Lacewing on this attractive flower. Well seen, just ideal pose of the butterfly.
Best regards

Alors là...bravo. Je n'ai jamais vu un cadre si bien.
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 10:37]

Hi Janice

I must also agree with Peter and Gert in saying that this is a magnificent catch!
Not only did you manage a great macro of this beautiful butterfly, but you also integrated it in such a splendid surroundings taht it's simply unique!
To me it almost looks like one of those open-air opera places and the butterfly here is wither the conductor (i hope i got that term correctly) or the main violin player :)
Anyway, the contrast is amaizing and it makes the subject stand out superbly.
All the colors and details are indeed terrific, too and the composition is outstanding!


What a great shot, Janice,
I love this arrangement, this beautiful butterfly in that nice pose inside the noble flower, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-17 14:45]

Hi Janice,

What a superb shot, I really like the frontal POV and the composition and pose are excellent with the Butterfly settled on the Peace Lily, nice detail and great colours too.

TFS Hil :o)

bonsoir janice
tres drole cette photo, on penserait a croire que le papillon s' abrite sous cette jolie fleur
tres bonnes couleurs, nettes
bonne présentation

Hi Janice,
Wonderful capture of this Lacewing! Great POV and composition with the butterfly resting on the stamen. Gorgeous colours and details. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

This is really an amazing capture Janice. Were you just lucky or patient or both? I am very impressed!

Evelynn : )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-17 20:58]

Wow, this is a most excellent shot Janice! Beutiful Butterfly on a lovely lilly. Great colours and all ncie and sharp. Grat focus and exposure.I love the POV and your DOF is perfect.

Janice, this is a piece of art! This flower makes the perfect backdrop for the butty position. The shot looks so soft. This could make a really nice print.

Hi Janice,
This is a wonderful image. Very strong composition as most have said. Provides a real point of difference to the usual butterfly framing that appears on this site. Very creative.

Haha, Janice. How did you manage to orchestrate that pose?
What a fantastic composition!
That butterfly has beautiful markings and colors, and the exposure on the white flower is perfect.
TFS. : )

Hello Janice,
A most original composition!
I like the point of vikew giving this creative result...
Well composed, attractive colours and sharp fine details!
Pablo -

bonjour janice
formidable!le piqué n'est pas revolutionnaire mais la forme et les couleurs de ce papillon sont magnifiques,j'aime aussi l'endroit ou il se trouve.

Hello Janice,
Wow! I like this POV and composition very much. You caught this beauty in a very good timing. This environment is great and you managed well with exposure, composition and details! A nice one!

Excellent shot here, my friend Janice!
I love this butterfly shot. Fantastic bg (looks like a cobra), excellent framing, POV, DOF and great sharpness too. Great colours and exposure. This is an excellent composition. Thank you my friend.

Marvellous composition, Janice!! How did you tell the butterfly to pose like that? Great photo, sharpness, everything.

Wow Janice ,

What a picture. It caught my eye immediatly. I love the composition. The focus, the exposure, actually everything is spot-on. Well done.


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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2007-05-08 6:19]

One word - excellent.

Nice composition, sharpness and DOF.



Hello Janice!
I really like this composition! It looks for me like a lady on the theatre's scene ;)
TFS and best greetings,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-14 22:52]

Hello Janice

Great pose.How did you manage to persuade a butterfly to pose for you like that? Wonderful timing.The DOF and POV are excellent.Well focused with sharp details.The colours are deep and rich.A super composition.TFS


Witaj Janice!
Perfect shot! Interesting frame. Beautiful koloty and perfect sharpness.
I congratulate and greet - Roma

This is a great capture Janice,
The detail and colours you've captured are excellent.
Brilliant POV, DOF and sharpness.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Plenty of work has been keeping me busy this year. But a 3 week holiday to the states was needed. I'm trying my hardest to get some time here on TN, but it's not easy at the moment.
I'll be doing my best my friend.

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  • galoi (0)
  • [2007-12-14 23:12]

you did an amazing job, perfect photo. It's like the butterfy is protected kindly.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2008-07-10 22:59]

great shot!!!!!!

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