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Orange Tip, female.

Orange Tip, female.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-04 12:40
Viewed: 4705
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orange tip, the female -
Family: Pieridae, Whites.

Anthocharis cardamines (Linnaeus, 1758)
Orange Tip

dipping her head deeply into a purple coloured blossom of

Lathyrus vernus (L.) Bernh.
Spring Pea, Frühlingsplatterbse

The Orange Tip species shows strongly visible sexual dimorphism: Only the males show the orange tips on their upper wings. Where males are proudly signalling their gender in bright orange colour, females decently show white scales only, and may therefore be mistaken for a different species.


The Orange Tip is distributed from China through temperate Asia to Central, Southern, and Western Europe, Scandinavia up to the polar circle, the UK and Ireland. Not reported from the Scottish Highlands and Southern Spain. Caterpillars feed on Cruciferaceae, Cardamine, Turritis, Sisymbrium. Butterflies can be seen from the lowlands up into the mountains at 2000m above sea level, from March to the End of June in one generation, depending on the local climate.

The undersides of the wings show a greenish contour dissolving pattern – consisting of a mixture of yellow and black scales appearing green from the distance - making the butterfly well camouflaged at rest:


When I took pictures of male Orange Tips on April 10 of this year, there were definitely no females around. The males were chasing each other or chasing other species such as Pieris napi. Females seem to emerge significantly later than the males, probably to make sure that every female is eagerly courted by an impatient male of her species waiting for the moment she arrives.

For the same butterfly lady with head and pretty eyes visible, please have a look into > WORKSHOP.

The picture was taken at the edge the Vienna Woods on May 1, 2006.

Camera: Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560x1920 pixels, 51mm macro-zoom, F/8, 1/250 sec., IS0-100, no tripod, no flash. 01.05.2006, 14:31.

Photoshop Elements: Picture cropped, selectively sharpened, resized to 800 x 800 pixels.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

aido, coasties, Signal-Womb, dew77, ALIRIZA, red45, phlr, loot, Christopher_PL, marhowie, wallhalla15, firelord, pitai, SkyF, Luc has marked this note useful
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To loot: Thank you, Loot.peter_stoeckl 1 05-05 03:11
To red45: easy to capture or not?peter_stoeckl 1 05-04 16:04
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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-04 12:49]

Hi Peter,
Very nice, excellent exposure given the strong tonal contrasts here. Lovely detail and a nice mix of rich warm colours, interesting POV. I've seen these Butterflies before but never realised this is the female Orangetip. Great work!

Very nice capture Peter, the POV is nicely chosen, :)

Hi Peter

Wonderful shot. Lovely depth of colour. Crisp, clear and sharp. Good light, POV and composition. Well done! :-)

Great capture Peter, nice to see the butterflies doing something. Good detail and colour. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-04 14:01]

Hello Peter!
Very nice close up.POV,clear details,sharpness,lightness,3D effect and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hello Peter!
Great shot, superb. POV, good details, vivid colors, composition and framing are perfect. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-04 15:21]
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Hi Peter, you lucky man!
Today I spended three hours trying to capture male from this specie. And I did it [look at my today's post]. Your female looks great - excellent details on wings and body, good composition with flower. Was she easy to capture or not?

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-04 18:14]

Hi Peter,
Great shot! Very sharp and well composed, with strong light contrast. Dynamic and powerful photo.
José M.

Hello Peter,

Although not as spectacular as the male and easily mistaken with the common white by an untrained eye, the female orange tip shows the same behaviour like the male in not stayng put on a place more than a second. You did a great job to catch it in the right moment when it was doing something else than flying. No luck for me this yera with this specie.

Regards, Petru

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-05 1:27]
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Hi Peter
Very well captured moment. I like your composition/POV, the colours are great and the exposure was perfect.
Unfortunately, within a couple of minutes I'll be leaving for Pretoria (±1400 km round trip for the weekend). So, I do not have time to do a proper critique and there will be no further TN activities this weekend, but well done and TFS.

Excellent deep of field! Good colours and sharpness. I was trying to make a picture of this specie many times but witout good results - it's a really shy specie.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-05 3:47]

Very good Peter!
Everyone see and photograph this beauty!
Very good photo!
Peaty we can't see the whole buttefly.
Very good on colours and details!

Hi Peter,
Well composed, and an interesting POV as it's lost in the business of feeding :)
Very good use of ambient light, with some nice backlighting of the wing and great colors...
Well done and have a Great Weekend!

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-05 12:36]

Hi Peter,

Very nice composition,
live colors and very good details.

TFS :-)

Hallo Peter,
ich jage seit zwei Tagen hinter den Aurorafalter hinterher. Sehr viele Männchen flattern momentan herum, wie gesagt "flattern". Meine Ausbeute ist dementsprechend - 0 -. Aber als Ausgleich haben wir dieses Jahr eine regelrechte Maikäferschwämme. Heureka - über 40 Jahre habe ich in dieser Gegend kaum einen Krabbelmann gesehen.
- Dein Foto ist excellent! Sehr gute Schärfe, viele Details, natürliche Farben und ein sehr guter Blickpunkt. Danke für das schöne Foto. Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-09 20:13]

Hello Peter, you collection of butterflies is gorgeous. You inspire me to go picture hunting for butterflies. Here we have a very different approach. The flower is really nice, and we can appreciate de wings design with a very good DOF. Thanks for sharing, Gabriel

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-10 18:38]
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Hallo Peter...
huch ein Schmetterling mit Hut ;-). Klase hast den erwischt. Klasse Farbkombination der Hut past super zum weissen Kleid *lach*. Prima Perspektive und eine tolle Bildgestaltung.

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