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Buddleia for tea!


Buddleia for tea!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-04 13:48
Viewed: 3272
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Greetings from a very wet England; and more is promised tomorrow!

I'm so glad I had an opportunity to get out and about when I was in France last week. Today, I am posting a butterfly shot which I took in Brittany.

My brother and sister-in-law, have a large buddleia in their garden which was a great attraction for butterflies. This Red Admiral was one such butterfly.

I mananged to get an underside view of the wings. I hope you like it.

Here is some further information about this favourite amongst butterflies, from BBC Nature:
Statistics
Wingspan: 60mm.

Physical description
Red admirals are mostly black with red bands on the upper wings and red borders on the bottom half of the lower wings. The upper wings have a pattern of white markings near the tips. Red colouration varies from dark red to orange red.

The caterpillars vary in colour from black to greenish-grey with a yellow line along each side. The upper surface is covered with a row of spines.

Distribution
They are widespread in Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia.

Habitat
Red admirals are found from sea level up to 2,000m in woodlands, orchards and gardens.

Diet
Caterpillars feed on nettle, spinning leaves together to make a tent-like shelter. The adults feed from flowers such as buddleia and also from rotting fruit.

Many thanks for stopping by.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)

Hand held.
pp cropped, sharpened, adj brightness & contrast, added borders and signed

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..and we are so glad you're back to share with us your trips...You are quite the traveler now ya know...although methinks a few have done mor4....but I'm an old geezer..Fine image..keep them coming..You know how to use your camera and I am sure you will have many more..
Bob

Hi Beverley,
It works very good the composition proposed here.
I like the mix of bright colours, the green of leaves, the vivid ones on the butterfly's wings and the subtle purple of the flower.
You've got proper focus and fine details.
Good work and thanks to post it.
My best regards,
JM

Hi Beverley,

Well it's cats & dogs here to today, not many opportunities to get out and do some shooting, this is beautiful, superb colours and detail, excellent composition, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-05 0:24]

Hi Beverley
Nice capture.Sharp image with Very good detail and beautiful color.
TFS Siggi

Hello Bev,
The bright sunlight and the beautiful colouration makes this butterful image very cheerful and pleasing!
good sharpness and very nice details in the image
well done
cheers
Tony

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-05 7:27]

Hi Bev,
i don't know about you, but the rain is driving me crackers! I've not been out on a decent days shooting for ages.
Anyway, this image certainly brightened up my day. Unusual composition but i think it works. The colours are really vivid and punchy...nicely done!
tfs and have a great weekend,
Paul

Ciao Bev, elegant updown Vanessa with fantastic colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-06 4:29]

HI Bev,your way to show the nature is always fantastic,the wing that exit from the high border is a great idea,i like a lot your work,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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