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Vanessa cardui

Vanessa cardui
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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: 2016-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-10-05 4:29
Viewed: 1324
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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, cosa 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, nonchè per le ortiche.

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Ciao Luciano,
Splendid image of yours, love very much the composition, she is like a queen, very good light, sharpness, well done my friend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-10-05 9:24]

Hello Luciano,
I would recognize this pretty little lady anywhere. Sitting on top of her beautiful throne she is quite stylish in her lovely multicolored robe. Tac sharp focus while showing excellent detail. Wonderful exposure and framed against a pretty sky. Well done!!

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-10-05 10:35]

Ciao Luciano

Painted lady as acrobat, I like this POV even if it is out of some rules, very nice composition and a nice light blue sky BG contrasting the image colors. I think that the flash light was a lit bit more than the appropriate but I understand how difficult is to manage it in the field.



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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2016-10-05 14:25]

Ciao Luciano!
Molto bella tua farfalla.Mi congratulo con voi perqué so quanto è difficile fotogarfare le farfalle.Good job!TFS

Ciao Luciano, godiamoci le ultime, che tra un po' se ne vanno tutte a dormire, gran bella foto con la Vanessa in posa acrobatica sul bel fiore, fantastici colori e splendida luce, ottimi dettagli e magnifica nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-06 1:58]

Hello Luciano,
Very nice photo of this butterfly taken from an attractive POV. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colors.

hallo Luciano
very nice picture with good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

In this image too, you have succeeded in choosing a perspective that places the subject against the sky, Luciano.
Very interesting presentation.
Do I see a speck of dirt within the frame? I get them frequently and have to remove them before posting.

Hello Luciano – Very attractive picture of this Vanessa cardui with an excellent lateral view showing us all the details of the back from the wings. Activity of the butterfly collecting the nectar on the flower properly caught. Dramatic rendering of the picture with an interesting opposition between your subject and the background.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the wings and in the same times on the small inflorescence
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso.
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness – The lateral view is a good choice
• Good contrast could and attractive opposition between the subject and the background
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the wings and the proboscis in action inside the flowers
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the butterfly and the flowers
• Probably post processing to improve in order to magnify your snap (a few “parasits” appear on the right side of the picture)
• Good background blur.


• Interesting picture with a combination of the two world (insects and flowers); very good capture.
• Acceptable framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside the frame. Nevertheless, in my opinion, I have the feeling that it will have be better to have a horizontal or a square framing instead of the vertical one. And another point: in my personal opinion, it will have be better to resize the picture in order to remove the leaflets and small flower at the bottom of the frame.

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Very usefull and precise documentation. Will have be good to gives us you background.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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