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Viceroy and Asclepias fascicularis

Viceroy and Asclepias fascicularis
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/4, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-15 16:50
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus) is a North American butterfly with a range from the Northwest Territories along the eastern edges of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada mountains, southwards into central Mexico.

Asclepias fascicularis is a species of milkweed known by the common names narrowleaf milkweed and Mexican whorled milkweed. It is a flowering perennial sending up many thin, erect stems and bearing distinctive long pointed leaves which are very narrow and often whorled about the stem, giving the plant its common names. It blooms in clusters of lavender or lavender-tinted white flowers which have five reflexed lobes that extend down away from the blossom. The fruits are smooth milkweed pods which split open to spill seeds along with plentiful silky hairs. This plant is common in the western United States and has the potential to become weedy.

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The Viceroy is a new one to me, but it looks like one of the large ones such as swallowtail. Very nice image. I see you really have been saving those special ones! Nice colors. It's sort of nice seeing them at this time of year..at least on TN.

Viceroy is an interesting name for this different looking butterfly, Claude.
Very good open wing capture.
The sharpness is excellent and the colors quite vital.
TFS and regards.

Bonsoir Claude,

Une belle image de ce papillon vice-roi ou monarque, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. bonne soirée.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-15 18:26]

Hello Claude,
Thanks you for sharing this great macro image with amazingly sharp details and beautiful colors.

salut Claude

une superbe composition en macrophoto,
les couleurs sont très belles avec une bonne densité,
il y a un superbe contraste dans les couleurs
entre le papillon et son arrière-plan,
l'angle de vue et le cadrage sont exceptionels



hello claude,
lovely capture, the pov is quite suitable offering view of the wing patterns, well saturated colours, the image is sharp with good details, nice lighting, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Ciao Claude,
complimenti per questa foto, perfetta nell'inquadratura, nella nitidezza e nei colori naturali.

Hello Claude,

Very nice composition. Sharpness is perfect. Beautiful vivid colours.

Hello Claude
Wonderful shot of this Viceroy Butterfly,
Perfect details,lighting and BG,Superb shot.
Welldone my friend :o)


Hi Claude,
a very nice picture with good composition and fine POV.
Good sharpness and details, the DOF is also good, the whole insect in focus.
Well done.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-16 1:16]

Hello Claude,
Fantastic shot, beautiful colors and details!
Like the comosition
Great work

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-16 2:35]

Bonjour Claude,
Quelle prise! Un papillon de toute beauté et qui n'hésite pas à le montrer. Tu en as fait le meilleur. Un grand merci
Bonne journée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-16 2:59]

vraiment une belle prise,les couleurs de fleurs aussi aident a faire une petit cadre artistique,mes compliments,Luciano

Hi Claude

Great shot of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent sharpness and great composition. Good DOf and contrast well against the milkweed.


Hi Claude,
Beautiful flower and the butterfly. Well composed sharp macro. Vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal


Splendid capture,
Love all the colors,
Nice comp,


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-16 5:58]

Salut Claude,
Magnifique Monarque! Les couleurs sont vraiment superbes, la netteté est excellente.
Je n'en n'ai pas vu beaucoup cette année, merci de partager celui-ci ;)

Pleasing frame, very colorful Claude.
Nice detail, DOF, and well composed, I like it :)
Have a great weekend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 6:45]

Bonjour Claude, tu nous envoies sans arrêt de superbes photos ces temps-ci ! Il ne faut surtout pas arrêter ! :-) Celle-ci est superbe aussi avec ces couleurs bien saturées et avec une composition sans faille ! Le focus est numéro un ! Merci !


Bonjour Claude,
Good size for posting to see the perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details on the Viceroy in closeness!
excellent captured indeed, so beautiful!
very well done!
all the best

Hi Claude, great colors and good composition.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-16 13:09]

Bonjour Claude, encore une fois une très belle photo. Les couleurs, encore une fois! L'asclépiade est une plante fascinante: quand tu la brises, un liquide laiteux coule. Chaque année, des chenilles de monarque viennent sur l'asclépiade au jardin et je sacrifie la plante aux chenilles.

Merci pour cette photo, une bouffée d'été et de belle lumière franche. Très belle composition.


Nice work keeping the butterfly parallel to the sensor so it is all in sharp focus. Color is well saturated and looks natural.

Evelynn : )

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-11-16 14:16]

Bonjour Claude,

Superbe capture de ce monarque. Beaucoup de netteté dans cette jolie prise et les couleurs sont réelles.. Bravo


Hello Claude,
Very beautiful and wonderful shot of this Viceroy you brought here.
An amazing pose, with excellent details and focusing.
Also, lovely colours and beautiful POV here.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin
Have a great weekend!

Superbe macro, belles couleurs, belle composition et beaux détails, comme toujours une grande réussite.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 15:53]

Hello Claude

A beautiful open wing shot of this Viceroy.
The lighting and colours are excellent,the colours are bold and vivid.
The focus is sharp with super details.
Very well composed in the frame with the beautiful flower in the BG.


Hi Claude,
splendidly rich colours and details on this perfectly presented Viceroy on milkweed. Very well decribing butterfly and habitat, and a wonderful, powerful image of summer.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Hello Claude,

A superb image, absolutely beautiful. Excellent composition and the focus is spot on. No complaints regarding this photo.

However, I think you might want to double-check your ID of the flower, as it is definitely not an Asclepias, the flowers are all wrong for that genus, looks like something in the Eupatorium genus, probably one of the Joe Pye Weeds.

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