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American Lady

American Lady
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: 2012-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-24 9:36
Viewed: 2293
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There have been dozens of American Ladies feeding on Goldenrod in the field behind my house over the past few days. It's been colder in the evenings and perhaps this has caused the need to feed a bit more and possibly a southern migration of sorts. These are attractive butterflies - notice the outer band of mauve just behind the two large eyespots on the back, lower wing.

Vanessa virginiensis is a medium-sized (wingspan: 37 to 56 mm) tawny-orange and brown butterfly on the upperside, this species has blue centres in several of the black submarginal spots on the hindwings. The underside has a very complex pattern with two large eyespots towards the outer margin of the hindwings.

The American Lady ranges from Central America throughout most of the continent north to Newfoundland, L'Anse-au-Clair in southeastern Labrador, Lac-Albanel, Quebec, and Churchill, Manitoba. There are a few records from Saskatchewan north to Deschambault Lake, three records from Alberta and three from British Columbia. It has been recorded several times on Sable Island, 160 km off the coast of Nova Scotia.

This butterfly usually migrates into Canada in May. The second and third generations are seen from June to September.

Habits: As with most migratory butterflies, this species can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including roadsides, old fields, meadows, and forest clearings. It is fast flying and often alights on flowers and other objects with its wings spread.


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia
Species: V. (C.) virginiensis


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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-24 9:53]

Hi Derek,spectacular close-up on the american vanessa,i can see perfectly the differences whit the cardui specie,your pis is really fantastic,great pov and the best details and colors,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Derek, great macro of fantastic butterfly, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek,
Great portrait of a very interesting butterfly. Amazing sharpness.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-08-25 0:06]

Excellent picture! Great colors, composition and definition. Congratulation.

Amazing colors!excellent sharpness, best details and colors. very well done.TFS.

Hello Derek,
Another masterpiece. Excellent sharpness. Perfect details as usual and lovely natural colors. The composition, the light and exposure are very good. Fantastic razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

GREAT macro Derek! Beautiful butterfly, excellent composition and impressive sharpness. The colors are fantastic!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-08-25 13:25]

Hi Derek!
Great macro of American Lady, captured with impressive details and splendid brightness.
Excellent blurred BG. Beautiful vivid colors.
Well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

Hi Derek,
Great shot. Congratulation.
Excellent sharpness and colors.

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