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Agraulis vanillae

Agraulis vanillae
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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: 2016-11-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-12-07 4:52
Viewed: 1523
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The other side of this beautiful butterfly.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Tribe: Heliconiini

Subtribe: Heliconiiti

Genus: Agraulis
(Boisduval & Le Conte, 1835)
Species: A. vanillae

The Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of 6-9.5 cm (2.4-3.7 in). Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots.It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.

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You too are doing wonderful jobs with your Sony compact, Luciano. This is a brilliant capture with remarkable sharpness and rich colours.
The Gulf Fritillary despite a slightly damaged wing looks majestic.
Thanks for your critique on my recent butterfly image.

Ciao Luciano, 'mazza che spettacolo, favolosa la farfalla e fantastica la macro, colori da occhiali da sole, nitidezza e dettagli al top, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

hallo Luciano
very nice picture to see
great details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-12-09 10:42]

Ciao Luciano

Excellent image of this Gulf Fritillary from South America, great DOF and sharpness, very nice bokeh, very nice pOV.



Hi Luciano,
The master of flash returned... :-) And with a very valuable piece again, exposing exceptionally well while adding the appropriate lights to the subject. Beautifully saturated colors, they aren't washed out as on many other pics made with flash usage, light management is marvellous, no loss of details on the bright parts, meanwhile focus / sharpness is excellent. Hats off to you again, signor... Gorgeous photo. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-12-16 16:42]

Hi Luciano
Vivid colors and intricate pattern.
The depth of field and the sharpness are the best.
I have seen them in my country too.


Hello Luciano

Excellent macro with fine POV and appropriate vertical framing,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Bonjour Luciano,

La fleur aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Agraulis vanillae. La bonne luminosité embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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