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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-18
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-05-21 10:14
Viewed: 3516
Points: 61
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have taken this shot on a little meadow not far from my house, it was a hot sunny day
i hope you like it

Vanessa cardui (aka Cynthia cardui)

FR : Belle-Dame , Vanesse du chardon
EN : Painted Lady

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalin
iGenus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia
Species:V. (C.) cardui

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.


It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).


The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.

Relationship with humans

Painted Lady butterflies are raised in many pre-school classrooms to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. Naturally, this is one reason they are so popular amongst children. They are also often found in science fair projects.

Life cycle

The egg takes 3 to 5 days to hatch. The caterpillar takes 7–11 days to turn into a chrysalis. It takes 7–11 days for the chrysalis to turn into a butterfly. It doesn't stay in one area so long. The painted lady butterfly travels around 1000 miles in its life. Its wing span is 2 in. The painted lady caterpillar is black with spiked skin.

Host plants

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Asteraceae, especially Carduus crispus (as implied by the species name cardui – Latin for "of the thistles"). Also, Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow Malva neglecta), and a number of Fabaceae are eaten. The adults drink nectar fr

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hello Jacqueline
with splendid background that elects beautifully the subject,very good glance and composition,very fine photo

vanessa atalanta yı tanıyodum bu türüde tanımak çok güzel.
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-21 10:31]

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
Une très belle macro et intéressant!
Certaines couleurs, un contraste parfait.
Une belle soirée,

Hi Jacqueline
Very nice and bright picture, good composition. Excellent handling of high luminosity. Very good job. Congratulations!

hello Jacqueline
great compositon with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-21 11:46]

Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful photo with great contrasting colours and very sharp.
Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-21 12:58]

Bonjour Jacqueline!

We've got real flood of these butterflies here, in Poland. They're beautifull like this one on your photo. Very good, green BG, POV and composition. This insect must be very young, so colours aren't very saturated yet.

hello Jacqueline!
i am true...this macro of vanessa Cardui is too elaborate and little bit overexposed
i try a Ws

cheers sERGIO

Ciao Jacqueline, splendid painted lady with fantastic colors, great details and excelllent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Como siempre , elegante la clásica Vanessa.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Jacqueline,

Excellent close up of this wonderful butterfly.
Beautiful colours with great definition.
Lighting and composition are excellent.
Good notes.

A very beautiful shot, Jacqueline.This is a fine image, with a fine POV and contrast with the OOF green BG.
NIce to see A Painted Lady again.

bonjour Jacqueline

elle est belle la Vanessa ! prise par un excellent POV
et cadrage, excellent focus avec excellent details et netteté,
j'aimes également voir des détails du background floue, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-21 21:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
Great contrast with the natural OOF BG, fine POV and excellent composition contribute to a pleasing portrait of a Painted lady butterfly, even if it is slightily soft and over-exposed on my monitor.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-21 23:23]

Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice close up, very good colors and light, excellent sharpness and depth of field, nice details and good clarity.
Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-22 4:21]

Hi Jacqueline,
another beautiful butterfly. Very beautiful and sharply focussed. The blurry background is excellent in amking the shot very effective and attractive.
Well presented.


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-22 7:16]

Hello Jacqueline,

This is a lovely shot of this butterfly. Good details, lighting and POV. The composition and DOF is good. Nice colors, natural tones and BG. TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-22 7:43]

Hi Jacqueline.
Very tender shot of a Vanessa cardui. You have captured it at so attractive pose sitting on the cute plan as on a stage. Green surroundings are simply amazing. Blurriness and colours are terrific. Details of the butterfly are very good. DOF is really great. My kind regards and best wishes on weekend.

I too have a "painted lady" in my library of images; however, it is "bluish" in colour, I believe.
Shall post it some day.
Loved this composition. It has a very suitable B/G.
Loved your notes.
Warm regards,
P.S. Shall visit France this summer. Hpoefully we shall meet.

Hello Jacqueline. Very good DOF and sharp for this queen of our fields.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-22 13:57]

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
My favorite of butterflies ...
but do not pose me a lot.
Green blurred background is beautiful.
Patterns of butterfly wings and sharp thorns above excellent.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-05-22 19:45]

Hello Jacqueline,
You have done extremely well with the exposure in very strong light and the results are wonderful. Great work, thank you.

Salut !
Cette belle dame mérite bien son nom, elle est vraiment magnifique ! Et tu as très bien réussi à la capturer, et à rendre les couleurs du papillon. J'aime bien le contraste entre les ailes oranges et le BG vert, c'est très joli. Excellents détails, jolie composition, beau POV. Félicitations !

Hello Jacqueline,
A beautiful composition showing the Painted Lady in a very nice pose. I don't know if you did any PP but I tried a workshop and then it comes out very sharply. Hope you don't mind.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

I do like it, Jacqueline. The colors are vibrant, the contrast pleaing, the details crisp. You have cropped and positioned nicely within the frame, and your excellent note is most informative.


Bonjour Jacqueline.
Trés jolie vanessa,jolie image.

Bonjour Jacqueline,

La prise de vue rapprochée permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs du papillon qui butine la fleur. Les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hello Jacqueline,
a beautiful capture of Vanessa cardui taken from an excellent POV to show well the open wings, very good sharpness in a splendid composition
Best regards

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-05-28 8:57]

bonjour jacqueline,
une jolie macro , qu'elle maitrise et trés belle composition.
Je remercie pour le renseignement, je suis plutot orienté vers les fleurs et les arbres.
Excellent travail.
et merci bonne continuation.

Hi Jaqueline,

An nice macro shot from this older butterfly.
Good of details and with fine colours.


Jacqueline, bonsoir.

Merci pour cette belle vue de Vanessa cardui. Cadrage, netteté, couleurs sont plaisants. Avec votre permission, juste un petit point : le contraste ne me paraît pas parfaitement optimum. Cela devrait pouvoir se corriger par logiciel (encore que, j'ai essayé, mais le résultat n'était oas convaincant).

Merci pour la note instructive.

A bientôt.

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