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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-20 6:26
Viewed: 1964
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Painted Lady group of colourful butterflies comprises the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.

The group includes:

* the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), which is almost global in its distribution
* Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
* American (Painted) Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
* West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

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.

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4--5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

The West Coast Lady (V. annabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks a white dot in the subapical orange found in virginiensis, and is a purer orange color. annabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in annabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in annabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in corresponding virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is quite similar to V. cardui. Its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. Caterpillars are found mainly on Ammobium alatum.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-20 6:42]

Hello Marius,
a beautiful shot of this painted Lady, very great details and good use of natural lighting, the colors are superb, nice pose and POV.Regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-20 7:21]

Just amazing...looks like any moment it may fly out of my monitor....wonderful species and details. lovely image with fine composition. tfs.

hallo Marius
SUPER sharpness ans very nice composition on this thistle
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Marius,
fantastic cpture.
Superb pro work.
amazing detail and colour.
great composition.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-20 8:17]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic sharp detailed macro of this Painted Lady in wonderful light and colours.
Taken from the best POV in a very nice composition with a beautiful blurred background.

Hello Marius,

The purple flower with the magic green bokeh has really set the table in this lovely composition. The painted lady, the perfect natural prop for this palette setting. The butterfly showing fine detail through the sharpest of focus and profiling from the ideal pov. Very well done!


Hello Marius,
this is pleasant to view, almost a clean picture, a small nit is the knobs down left.
Well composed with nice and natural colours. Good sharpness and fine details.
Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-20 9:05]

Hi Marius.
All is perfect. Clarity and clearness of the colours are awesome as well as ultimate sharpness and details of the butterfly and flower. BG, composition of the image and selected POV cannot be better. Outstanding job. Bravo.

Pro shot. Fantastic details and nice colours and light.

Hello Marius,
Now this is what I call "Pin-sharp"!! Definitely one of my favorites. Every little detail on this Lady is exposed in your beautiful composition. The green OOF BG color enhances the subject perfectly my friend. Fantastic work my friend and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely painted lady on beautiful flower, good blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Mr.Marius,
Word is not enough for this picture.I really like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-20 14:23]

Hi Marius,the Queen is back in your country too as i can see,but very very rare in mine,magnificent capture whit the best sharpness and bright colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Another impressive photo Marius! For one more time the composition, the BG, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

hallo Marius
蝴蝶照的很清晰 也很美麗
光線用用的很漂亮 花搭配也很美麗 背景漂亮

很負責的也很嚴謹的PO相片 看來你做事也很認真負責
PS早上7點謝好要寄 沒分數 就等下午4點寄了

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-06-21 1:55]

Shalom Marius,

This is perfect butterfly portrait. All elements are jut right!

Well done!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-21 6:18]

hello Marius,
Yesterday I saw the first of this species this year. But couldn't catch it. You did well and show,as usual, a perfect picture. Lovely pose of the butterfly and a fine blurred background.
Kind regards

Hello Marius,
great capture of this Painted Lady with razor sharp details and beautifully blurred background. I also like the beautiful colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

Hello Marius,
Excellent photograph of Painted Lady, excellent sharpness and details, outstanding composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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