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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-12 6:02
Viewed: 3088
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From underwater world to dry meadow, from blue light to full sunshine, from autumn to summer! Today - side view of my favourite butterfly, Vanessa atalanta. I'm not big fan of butterflies, I prefere predators like spiders, but I like this one. As I wrote some time ago, this insect is stylish :-) And this is one of few Polish butterflies which looks very good not only with opened wings.

I was busy last few days, but I hope this evening I'll find time to comment your pictures my friends!

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta [Linnaeus])

Wing span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm).

Identification: Upperside is black with white spots near the apex; forewing with red median band, hindwing with red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band.

Life history: The Red Admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if available, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live within a shelter of folded leaves; older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hibernate.

Caterpillar hosts: Plants of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), tall wild nettle (U. gracilis), wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), pellitory (Parietoria pennsylvanica), mamaki (Pipturus albidus), and possibly hops (Humulus).

Adult food: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.

Habitat: Moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps, moist fields. During migrations, the Red Admiral is found in almost any habitat from tundra to subtropics.

Range: Guatemala north through Mexico and the United States to northern Canada; Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia. Cannot survive coldest winters; most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants.

wallhalla15, TAZ, phlr, dew77, extramundi, Nico, sgo, hummingbird24, cedryk, livios, marhowie, DLM, scottevers7, Janice, coasties, Toni, Libor has marked this note useful
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That´s an excellent macro shot Greg. Excellent sharpness, details, clarity and colours. Excellent POV and lighting too. I like this macro very much. Thanks for posting.

Hi Greg,
Once again you are a teaser ;-)This is be a reminder for the next summer.
Well composed, good details and lovely colours.
Excellent work, my friend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-12 7:02]
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What a wonderful and interesting butterfly that you have well captured! I also appreciate the complementary note… Congratulations Greg and thanks for sharing.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-11-12 7:10]

Excellent photo of this Nymphalidae!
Perfect colors and details!
Very good sharpness!
Beautiful BG!
5* photo!

Sharp, colourful, clean and clear. Nice perch, good BG and elegant composition. This is almost professional. I think our monitors have a similar calibration :D
Thanks very much, hope J.& you have a nice weekend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-12 7:28]
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Hello Greg!
Yes,nice scane from hot and sunny summerdays.Lighting,POV,vivid colors and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Lovely Red Admiral shot Greg.
Looks good on the yellow flower.
We have these butterflies here in NZ too.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-12 8:10]
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Excellent quality and beautiful colours.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2005-11-12 9:32]
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A really nice picture of the Red Admiral in such rich and saturated colours, along with perfect sharpness and detail all over. Many thanks for this outstanding shot and the valuable information that goes with it! It sure does make waiting for next summer feel shorter.

I love the concept of your title, Greg.

I am ready!!! :-))

Exceptional details, colors, and POV of this beauty.

Well done, and thank you!

We might get snow tomorrow, I have been told... :-(

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-12 13:54]
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Grzegorz, another very nice capture.

Excellent sharpness, pov, composition, colors and bg.

Dof is also great.


Very good detail, color and sharpness Greg.
This one looks very similar to the Painted Lady, (Vanessa cardui). Great shot!
Thank You.

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  • DLM Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (124)
  • [2005-11-12 15:15]

Hi Greg,very fine image here with beautiful colour and detail,TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-12 20:41]

Chyba juz ci pisalem, ze tez lubie admiraly. Maja prawdziwie eleganckie wzory i zestaw kolorow. Rzadko widywalem je na kwiatach. Zadziwiajace jak szeroko rozsiedlony jest ten motyl, nieczesto sie to zdarza nawet wsrod owadow :-) Serdecznosci! Michal

Hi Greg,
Just another awesome butterfly shot from you. Very beautiful! Everything is well done. I am on a road trip to Florida, so short note tonight. Great shot!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-13 2:28]

Hi Greg, another stunning butterfly on another stunning flower. Excellent colours and sharpness. Well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-11-13 2:51]

"a mnie jest szkoda lata..." - to a propos tytułu. Fotografia bdb jakości, świetna ostrość i barwy. Solidna robota.
Pozdr. Al.

Hi Greg

Excellent shot. Well composed. Good light and colours. Sharpness and detail are spot on. Very nice work. Thanks.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-13 16:38]

Hi Greg
Now it's getting cold it's nice to have a bit of summer. Nice warm colours. Good details.
Regards Toni

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-15 14:19]

fantastic macro shot
composition is great and fantastic colors
TFS Libor

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-01 20:23]

Hi Grzegorz.
very nice composition, good details,very nice photo.

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