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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-13 6:22
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Points: 28
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Still warm and sunny day in northern Italy, and many species of butterflies are still visible in the fields, something uncommon in mid-November.

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America as the Cosmopolitan.It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.Painted Lady butterflies are popular for many pre-school and kindergarten classes to raise in schools to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. Painted ladies are very popular with children. They are used in many science fair projects. Several insect distribution companies such as Insect Lore include Painted Lady caterpillars in their catalogue of live insects for ordering.The egg takes 3 to 5 days to hatch. The caterpillar takes 7–11 days to turn into a chrysalis. It takes 7–11 days for the chrysalis to turn into a butterfly. It doesn't stay in one area so long. The painted lady butterfly moves 1000 miles in its life. Its wing span is 2 in. The painted lady caterpillar is black with spiked skin.The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Asteraceae, especially Carduus crispus (as implied by the species name cardui – Latin for "of the thistles"). Also, Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow Malva neglecta), and a number of Fabaceae are eaten. The adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle, butterfly bush (Buddleja), asters, Tickseed sunflowers (Bidens) and zinnias.

La Vanessa del cardo è farfalla di dimensioni rispettabili, raggiungendo una apertura alare di circa 60mm, ed è una delle più note e studiate in assoluto, non solo nella nostra fauna.
La sua fama è dovuta al fatto di essere una notevole migratrice che, grazie alla potenza del suo volo, può compiere degli spostamenti enormi; infatti, con l’esclusione del Sudamerica, si può rinvenire in tutto il mondo.Le sue abitudini la portano a frequentare soprattutto terreni incolti e prati fioriti, in località molto calde ed assolate, ma anche radure e margini dei boschi,come pure giardini e parchi urbani, sia in pianura che in montagna, fino al limite estremo della vegetazione.
La sua abbondanza è estremamente variabile di anno in anno, così che può essere da sporadica a molto comune, come avviene in alcune annate, in relazione ai flussi migratori.A seconda dei climi presenta una o più generazioni annue, dalla primavera alla tarda estate, e si riproduce anche alle nostre latitudini, tramite gli individui che giungono annualmente dalle zone più calde. I bruchi si nutrono di diverse essenze, con una spiccata predilezione per le Carduacee, nonché per le ortiche.

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hallo Luciano
great sharpness and nice composition
BG and colours are beautiful to
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-11-13 7:08]

Ciao Luciano,
Wonderful macro in outstanding sharpness and details. Great to have the possibility to photograph it from this POV against this beautiful blue sky. Splendid colours. High quality!
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Luciano,

Well captured this Lady against blue sky. Well sharpness and details, as well as color.
Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE,
Best regards and have a nice WE,

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-11-13 7:46]

a pure marvel here Luciano !.. flawless clarity, beautiful detail, effective unconventional POV; .. well done again

nuri :)

Ciao Luciano, bellissima, fresca fresca, gran prospettiva e fantastici colori, macro akl top, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Luciano
tu as de la chance de trouver encore des papillons, chez nous ça fait longtemps qu'on n'en voit plus, la photo est excellente avec de superbes details avec un beau ciel dans le fond
bravo et bon WE

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-13 20:40]

Hello Luciano,
It is rather cold here in Ohio, so the butterflies have pretty much disappeared for the season. I am glad you are still able to show us these beauties form your wonderful country. A great shot of the well known Painted Lady taken from an attractive vantage point. Super sharp detail and rich yet natural colors. Love it!!

Super macro photographie Luciana,TOP quality.

Thanks for sharing.

Nice shot Luciano.

Have a nice week end.


Same scenario here too, Luciano. I posted a fresh pic taken today and you have seen it.
This image too has a massive appeal for me by virtue of deep blue sky as background. The POV is bold and the Painted Lady looks awesome from it.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-11-14 10:31]

Shalom Luciano,

Thank for sharing with us this"survivor" Painted Lady. Excellent colors, and fine details. Unusual and very effective POV.

Have a great Sunday,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-11-16 5:05]

Hello Luciano,
Lovely colour tones. Nicely composed. Looks great against the OOF BG. Very nice work. TFS.
Regards Sigi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-11-17 8:02]

Hi Luciano,
Excellent detail and focus. Nice composition and amazing colors.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-11-18 7:20]

Bonsoir Luciano,
Une très belle fin de saison, Luciano! Une image typique, un angle de prise de vue excellent. J'ai vu une Vanessa atalanta aujourd'hui, mais juste de loin:-)
Bonne soirée

Hi Luciano,
Lovely PoV and exposure. Perfect light management as always - although the color of the flower seems a little incorrect. I don't know why, because the ones on the b-fly are captured excellently. Great color contrast and what's the most important, composition. Pleasant and spectacular image.
Congrats, kind regards, László

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