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One of a million!

One of a million!
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 1:50
Viewed: 3190
Points: 60
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Painted LadyVanessa cardui

I’d like to start the new year with a flash-back to last summer. The Painted Lady is widespread around the world and has been seen many times on TN. But for us in Europe last year was very special as millions of this beautiful butterfly were reported to have invaded parts of Europe in May - June. This very rare occurrence was presumably due to an abundance of its food plant in their native North Africa. It was a great pleasure to watch them as many other species of butterflies were less abundant last summer. The above picture was taken in our garden where it was a frequent visitor seeking nectar on the Lavender.

The Painted Lady breeds here in two generations but cannot survive our winters in northern Europe. What happens to them as winter approaches was unknown until now according to the Butterfly Conservation Society in the UK who have been monitoring their movements last year: -

“From the Channel coasts of Cornwall, Devon, Sussex and Kent sightings were reported of Painted Ladies heading straight out to sea towards continental Europe.

Now reports have been received of butterflies arriving back in the Mediterranean and North Africa.

Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation’s surveys manager, said “Several of these lucky observers saw more than one butterfly head out on its perilous voyage. This is exactly the evidence needed to lay this enduring mystery to rest. Painted Ladies do return southwards from Britain in the autumn enabling the species to continue its breeding cycle during the winter months”.

Extract from -- http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/article/9/154/butterfly_migration_mystery_solved.html

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Happy New Year Ulla!
a colorful beautiful scene and composition, wonderful photo and start!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-02 2:01]

Hi Ulla

Ah - so this is why they were plentiful last year! A klovely shot - well framed with excellent details.

Happy New Year from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-02 2:04]

Hello Ulla
A fine macro capture with nice composition, beautiful colors and great details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-02 2:36]

Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful coloured photo in great contrasts. The blue flowers in the BG are splendid in contrast to the butterfly. Excellent sharpness, details and a very good diagonal composition.
Great start of the year.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-02 2:59]

Hello Ulla,
One of the most beautiful picture I have seen of the Queen of the year. I must say that I always find combination of blue and green most beautiful. And the warm color of the Vanessa cardui as contrast is just perfect.
Well composed also. Félicitations!
Meilleurs voeux pour 2010.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-02 3:02]

Hello Ulla,
framför allt en varm GOTT NYTT ÅR 2010!
Hälsa, lycka och bara lycka.
Kom tillbaka till början av året med en enastående makro, grattis.
Från och med nu vi ha tillgång till ett helt år för att kunna beundra dina vackra bilder.
Tack så mycket för att besöka mitt galleri fattas. Och även för den vackra kommentarer som du har kvar.
Det bästa tankar och önskningar,

Hi Ulla,
I really like the depth in this photo. It has a sort of 3-D effect to it. The upside down pose of the butterfly on the lavender is very unique and not something you see posted that often. The sharpness on the head looks really good but the wings look a little soft which I guess has to do with movement.

Hi Ulla

Happy New Year.

I was instantly drawn to the colours in this picture. They are very warm and varied and add some much to the picture. great composition and presentation.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 3:51]

Hello Ulla.

A great capture of this Painted lady.
I like the colors very much. POV is great, as the shapness is.
Thank yoy for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Hello Ulla,
Hope you'll be fine. Probably my first visit, I do not remember but nice to meet you. I have been to your husband's pages and found him a wonderful person, kind affectionate and knowledgeable. This is a tremendous shot of the famous butterfly and one never gets one's fill. It has all the engaging qualities of a great shot. Thanks for sharing and have a fine year ahead...take care..warmest regards/Abid

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-02 8:14]
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Hi Ulla. Firstly very interesting notes about the Painted Lady. I was talking to a friend the other day who said it was not possible for a butterfly to get back to Africa. I shall have to show him this. It was one of the few we saw in the garden at all last year. Yours looks so delicate on the lavender. Great detail and such natural colours. TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-02 8:14]

The nature colors are spectacular, I like the composition and the flowers. tfs.

hello Ulla

with the pose of the butterfly th POV on it
with the way it is framed this lvely butterfly
it is giving dynamism to the image,
i love to see details of the blurred background,



hello Ulla
this is very good!
great pose with very good details and beautiful colours also the flowers
great shot Ulla
a Happey 2101
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,

An excellent macro with such striking colors, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very nicely taken, composed & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Hi Ulla,

Nice start to the New Year with one of the most common beautiful lady from wonderful POV with impeccable details, excellent DOF contol and exposure.
TFS this and best wishes for 2010!


Ciao Ulla, great composition with the queen of 2009 summer on lovely lavander flowers, fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, splendid macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-02 12:26]

Hello Ulla.
The Painted Lady may be common, but it is a very beautiful butterfly. You have captured some very fine detail on this one. Lovely, bright colours on both the butterfly and flower.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla,
a wonderful picture of the Painted Lady, superb sharpness, a very beautiful composition with a fantastic colourful environment.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-02 15:39]

Hi Ulla,maybe the first Vanessa of 2010 on TN...how many in this year we will see? I hope a lot like in the past season...excellent pic whit top sharpness and colors and very nice composition too..this specie like a purple..ehehe...Have a nice Sunday and thanks.Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-02 15:47]

Happy New Year Ulla,

A beautiful butterfly to start off 2010 and wonderful notes to accompany it. This Painted Lady on the blue flowers is just lovely. I love the pose and the excellent colors and details of the opened wings. A superb composition. I'm sure we will see many wonders from you in 2010.


Hallo Ulla
How beautiful is the sight of this sunny and most colourful picture. The natural colours and details captured and displayed is very eye-catching and striking. It is an image filled with warmth and no pretence. This is indeed a beautiful butterfly with lovely markings and patterns, which you have photographed well, and which is a delight to look at. Your subjects, both the butterfly and the flower are well focused and sharp and the details are equally highlighted by the blurred background. Thanks for sharing one out a million Painted Lady's. It was a pleasure to stop by such a beauty. Best regards.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-01-02 23:19]

Happy New year, Ulla!

Ilke the soft lighting of your picture. The color combination of butterfly/lavender is very pleasing.

All the best,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-02 23:41]

Hi Ulla,
It's very nice opening of 2010.Colors,framing,composition and details are perfect.Excellent work!Have a nice sunday.
Thansk for posting..

Hej Ulla,
God fortsättning på det nya året.
Sitter här på hotellet och försöker surfa, har sporadisk uppkoppling men det får duga.
A very nice picture of the Painted Lady, as you say they are widespread, I took picture of one yesterday just outside my hotel.
Nice beautiful natural colors, fine details and good sharpness.


Hello Ulla
yes the painted lady was the queen of the summer this year...oops, the last year, but it's always a pleasure to see them while they are very beautiful and you have taken this one in a great pose and with sharp details the lavander flowers are a fine bonus to the value of this shot
Have a good night

Hello Ulla, wonderful shot of a painted lady with great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-05 0:33]

Hello Ulla,
Splendid close-up shot of this butterfly.
Details and composition are great.
TFS and G's,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 18:45]

Hola Sra. Ulla.
Imagen llena de colorido y alta nitiez. finos detalles sobresalen en las alas de la Mariposa la cual se posa de bella manera sobre las florecillas de color purpura.
El recorte no puede ser mejor y le da mas valor a la imagen.
Saludos. Un Abrazo

Hi Ulla. great macro shot of a painted lady. Flowers are also nicely composed.
Best Regards

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