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The Vibrance of Youth

The Vibrance of Youth
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-20 11:57
Viewed: 2118
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A freshly emerged Question Mark butterfly, notice the bright, silver border and vivid orange - both characteristics of a recent emergence.

The Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) is a North American nymphalid butterfly. Our largest Polygonia (wingspan: 45 to 68 mm), it can be distinguished on the wing from the others by its size, its wing shape, and the long, violet-edged hindwing tails(partially missing on this specimen). They live in wooded areas and city parks, or generally in areas which feature trees and free spaces. The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 4.5–7.6 cm (1.8–3.0 in).[1][2] Its flight period is from May to September. "The silver mark on the underside of the hindwing is broken into two parts, a curved line and a dot, creating a ?-shaped mark that gives the species its common name.

The Question Mark occurs in eastern North America from Mexico north to St. John's, Newfoundland (one record), St-Félicien, Quebec, and Lukinto Lake, Ontario, and west through southern Manitoba to southeastern Saskatchewan. There is one record from the Blackfoot Hills near Lloydminster, Alberta.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Polygonia
Species: P. interrogationis



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-20 12:01]

Hello Derek.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Polygonia. Such vibrant colours and sharp details here and the focus is absolutely spot-on. I like the lighting very much. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Fantastic composition.Best regards Siggi

Hi Derek,

Very vibrant colors indeed. Tfs. Ali

Hello Derek
Beautiful butterfly and great capture.Lovely composition,wonderful vivid colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

THIS is remarkably GORGEOUS! Just love viewing her, the luminous border is magical!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-20 15:25]

Waaw Derek! What a beauty! I wish to meet me too one day this magnificent butterfly! Spectacular capture whit the best wings position for the best details,very bright colors too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Derek
Great macro with very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness. Very interesting coloration!

Hi Derek,
amazing photo of this butterfly. Great point of view. Nice natural colours. Very good presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Derek

Beautiful photo of a butterfly which has not yet undergone the rigours of life. Fresh and Fiery both the butterfly and your picture. Interesting shape too.

Hello Derek,
I like this wonderful colorful species of butterfly. Nice composition with great contrast against the green background behind. The colors, details and focus are perfect as usual.
Useful photographer note!

Ciao Derek, great macro of fantastic butterfly, fine details, wonderful bright colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-08-21 23:25]

Hi Derek,
Beautiful photo of this nice butterfly.
Great details and colours.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-23 2:47]

Hello Derek,
Very interesting for us to see the special shape of your NA'Polygonia which is quite different from ours(Polygonia c-album). You caught it with perfect opened wings. Sharpness is a little bit just, composition and color-contrast are fine.
Kind regards

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