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Vanessa cardui down

Vanessa cardui down
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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: 2018-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-09-22 16:32
Viewed: 525
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A very damaged specimen that made me run for an hour before being able to photograph it, I had not seen it for 2 years in my fields.

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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Not a pretty sight, this Painted Lady, Luciano. However, your picture of it is excellent. The head and front parts in general are in sharp focus.

Hello Luciano,
At least you captured this butterfly, spending an hour 🙂
Beautiful coloured butterfly, indeed. Quite well captured. Butterfly looks good, but background doesn't look perfect for such macro photography,due to the distance between subject and those grass blades. So in my personal opinion, either I'll not post this picture (because you have already posted this species in your gallery) or I would like to retouch it to get rid of those unwanted distracting grass blades.
I have done a WS for you. Not perfect due to low resolution images. You'll get good result if you use your original image.
Just ignore it if you don't like.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hello Luciano,
Indeed if the species is missing so long it is understandable why you photographed this damaged specimen.
In the area where I live I find the species quite often....
This species is so beautiful that it deserves to be posted as often as possible.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-09-23 14:15]

Nice picture Luciano of this Vanessa.
It is not a new one, life is hard many times. But the butterfly look great.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2018-09-23 23:50]

Hi Luciano,
fortunately I hold you in very high esteem so I checked this picture despite the visible damage on the butterfly. I was rewarded by the great note of yours !!! You look at this picture with more respect after reading it. Thanks, my TN friend. Have a good week, Dietrich

Bonjour Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Belle-Dame. La lumière met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-09-24 7:52]

Yes, me too seen the demaged wings as this is the last stage of their existence, well captured.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-09-24 16:18]

Hi Luciano
This specimen is already a veteran, but still beautiful.
Dof, sharpness and exposure are good.


Ciao Luciano, nonostante abbia perso un po' di pezzi sembra ancora abbastanza fresca, bei colori brillanti e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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