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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies and Moths., 40-49 points, Butterflies, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), papillon en europe, European butterflies 4, Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-01 17:14
Viewed: 5174
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta [Linnaeus])


The upperside of the red admiral butterfly is black with white spots near the wing tips. The forewing has a red band across the middle, and the hindwing has a red band along the edge. The red admirals that are born during the winter are smaller and duller, while the ones that live during the summer are larger and brighter. Their wing span is from 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm).

Life history:

The red admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if they can, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs one at a time on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live inside a shelter of folded leaves, while older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hibernate.

Caterpillar hosts:

Red admiral caterpillars eat 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 butterflies prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings. They visit flowers only when their other foods are not available. Then they will drink nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.


Red admiral butterflies prefer moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps, and moist fields. During migrations, these butterflies are found in almost any habitat from the tundra in Canada to subtropic countries near the equator.


These butterflies can be found from Guatemala, in Central America, north through Mexico and the United States to northern Canada. They can also be found in Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia. They cannot survive extremely cold winters. This means that most of North America must be recolonized each spring by red admiral butterflies migrating northward.


Hil, blakitan, aido, coasties, scottevers7, Juyona, Dando, wkshelton, jcoowanitwong, vanderschelden, marhowie, CTP, cecilia, PDP, DavidCanon has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-01 17:17]

Hi Eduard,

Excellent shot, the composition and POV is really great, nice sharp detail and great colours, the BG has been blurred really nicely too.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-01 19:34]

Hello Eddie,
Excellent image, you managed the harsh light very well, in fact turned it to your favour I think, there's a lot of depth to this. Great detail, rich colour and perfect DOF. The colours and light in the background work really well too, almost like a painting. Great work my friend.

Hi Eddie!
Very well taken shot of this pretty butterfly. I like the colors of the background you got here, we don't see such tones in butterfly pictures too often. Congratulations,

Hello Eduard

Beautiful work. Nicely composed with all the technical stuff looking spot on. :-)

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2006-09-01 21:32]

Very great macro shot. Details, DOF and framing are great.

Hi Eddie,
This one is superb! The quality light is excellent. Your spot on exposure has rendered some beautiful colors and sharp detail. Great isolation from the backround. Really Nice!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-02 0:13]

What a pose, Eduard.
The details and colors on this butterfly are gorgeous.
Excellent composition and POV.
The light in the BG is beautiful. TFS. : )

Very nice BG, good photo Eduard!
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-02 2:02]

Buenos días,
Muy bonito trabajo, excelentes colores y luz agrable... me gusta, saludos

Hello Eduard

nice photo with good colours and sharpness
, the background blurred is perfect +



wow, what a beautiful shot, eduard! :-)
perfect composition with the wonderful butterfly in an amazing
and "proud" pose against a marvellous blurred bg.
terrific and strong colors and amazing details.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

Statuie pe pedestal, huh? :) Almost has a carved 3D feel to it.

Composition & POV : 10
Sharpness & DOF : 8
Light & color: 9
Creativity & Originality: 9

Best regards,
Radu Xplorator

  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-02 6:11]

Hi Eduard, great shot. Nice lighting, well composed with great colours and details. Well done and TFS.

Hello Eduard,

Excllent work, great colors, Bg, POv DOF Perfect details, excllent blured BG, great use of DOF perfcet work, TFS kyle

hi eddie
point de vue ideal avec le BG tres clair pour bien detacher le papillon,bonne netteté sur le sujet.

Hi Eduard,
Very nice picture of this Red Admiral. Crisp clear with all details clearly seen. All settings are perfect.

Hi Eduard,
Good compo, POV and DOF.
Great background.
Very positive.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-02 18:57]

Hi Eduard
Nice shot. Good colours, light, BG, sharpnes and POV. Also good note and frame.
Well done Eduard


Hello Eduard,
Nice shot. Great color with good detail & light.
Well framed and your subject stands out nicely from this BG. Great note,
Well done & TFS!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-03 12:27]

Hello Eddie,
Great Admiral shot my friend.
I like your pov,dof,colors,blurred bg,note,framing and focus.TFS

Hi Eduard
Beautiful especimen and great photo.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-09-08 20:34]

Hello Eduard,
What a PERFECT SHOT. Colors, details, composition, BG, etc. all perfect. TFS

Love the simplicity of the shot, not that this is simple to take, mind you.
Excellet work...

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-10 12:14]

Great shot! excellent, POV, DOF and details. Lovely colours and set of by a great BG



magnifique ce papillon, couleurs splendides, voilà du très bon travail
bravo, amitiès

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-11 9:51]

Hello Eduard, this is a fine shot. Lovley composition and good colours and light. I think the wings have dropped out of the DOF a little but that's a very minor nit on a very good shot. Well done.

Hi Eddie,

Marvelous colours for this excellent shot. Congratulations.

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  • botie2 (7)
  • [2006-11-24 20:18]

Beautiful Eduard

Almost microscope photography. Beautifully captured.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-17 12:50]

Brilliant shot with a spectacular result! Wonderful color, POV, DOF, and composition.
Very good job, Eduard.
Best wishes

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