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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-31 11:18
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Trichius fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Cetonidae
This Bee Beetle has an approximately length of 10mm. The wing casings on the bee beetle vary in colour from creamy-yellow to deep orange. The bodies are very hairy and resemble bumble bees - hence the name.

Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family : Nymphalidae

This Painted Lady is almost global in its distribution.
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5--9–cm (2--2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some. (Wikipedia)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-31 11:21]

Hi Catherine. What a fine pair, One would be good but twi is fantastic. It a fine close up of the Painted Lady and the Bee, I like the OOF BG . They stand out so well from the green colours. All with good detail . Well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-31 11:26]

Hello Catherine,

Excellent catch!
My Congratulations.
Have a beautiful weekend,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-31 11:29]
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Hi Catherine,

I also posted a shot of Painted Lady.

but to shot two different insects species with one shot...Wow! You did a good job :)

The colors are great. The sharpness is well controlled with nice pOV and good DOF. The clarity in the picture is just ideal. The dark blurred BG is simply awesome. Well done!

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-31 11:39]

terrific capture with this wonderful duo! :-) each part and species would have made a great photo itself. details and
sharpness are perfect, love the blurred dark green background and of course the composition with the nice thistles.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-31 11:42]

Salut Catherine,une couple pas common mais sourtout une photo et une composition magnifique.Le noir derrier les sujects est fantastique et fait la difference.Une nettete' et des couleurs extraordianaires! Mes compliments,une autre photo de grande classe,bon weekend,LUCIANO

great shot CD
Good start to the weekend, enjoy yours

hello Catherine
super composition with great BG>
super sharpness and good details beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-07-31 12:08]

Hello Catherine,
What a splendid composition. This dark green BG and against it Lady on the flowers of thistle in soft light. Excellent work.
Regards, Pawel

Preciosa toma Catherine, de las mejores Vanessas que he visto fotografiadas este año: nitidez, colores, fondo ... una delicia para los sentidos, con el añadido del coleóptero: enhorabuena: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Catherine,

A beautiful capture of these duo with great colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-31 13:12]

Hello Catherine
what a beautiful capture taken from an interesting POV with sharp details, natural colors and clear BG

Ciao Catherine, beautiful composition with wonderful strange couple, splendid sharpness and fine details, great natural colors and excellent blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-31 15:35]

Slav Catherîne,
What a wonderful capture.Excellent sharpness and details,splendid colors,composition and background.Thanks for sharing.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-01 0:48]

Hello Catherine,
Wow, fantastic shot. Extremely nice dark backround with perfectly sharp foreground and extended DOF. Very nice and dynamic composition!
Best greetings and TFS,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-01 1:41]

Hello Catherine,
Beautiful pair on these thistles. Great sharpness, fine colours and a very good composition. Nice black BG.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-08-01 2:41]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image qui ne paie pas de mine sur le thumbnail! Mais en cliquant dessus s'ouvre une image très artistique d'un petit coin de nature avec deux belles espèces d'insectes se plaisant sur ce magnifique chardon mauve.
Ces trois espèces fréquentent et se trouvent aussi sur mon pré à la montagne.
Une bonne fin de semaine

Hi Catherine

Great couple, Super sharp and on a excellent background.
Great composition and DOF.


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