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Red Admiral

Red Admiral
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-13 5:33
Viewed: 1284
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a 4550 mm (1.82.0 in) wing span.[2] The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.
This medium-sized butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.
In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in, often feeding on the flowers of ivy on sunny days. The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects. The butterfly also flies on sunny winter days, especially in southern Europe.
In North America, the Red Admiral generally has two broods from March through October. Most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants, but this species over-winters in south Texas.
The Red Admiral is the butterfly featured by Vladimir Nabokov, an amateur lepidopterist, in his novel Pale Fire.

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Hi Siegfried
A wonderful butterfly taken in hard light conditions.Great POV and compo,wonderful natural colours and great sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Despite minute frays in the wings, the picture of this veteran Red Admiral is a beauty, Siegfried. The open wings stance in the mellow sunshine has proved a blessing for us beholders.
Well done and TFS!

Hello Siggi, dear friend,

Hope you are welll. Missed your earlier two photos but not this one of a very fantastic looking Red admiral butterfly. Congratulations for capturing it in such a perfect fashion with a good focus and excellent sharpness which make the colours so prominent,thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-13 6:54]

Hello Siggi,
Excellent sharp detailed macro in beautiful light and natural colours. Attractive composition with a good DOF.

Hello Siggi,
Wonderful capture of this open wings butterfly with full of detail and very true colour.
best wishes,

Hello Mr.Siegfried,
Beautiful Butterfly.You have captured it nicely.Nice color and POV.I like its details too.Green leaves in BG looking splendid.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Ciao Siegfried. Good management of light and colours. Very good details. Excellent DOF.


hallo Siegfried
very nioce shot with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-13 16:18]

Hi Siggi,perfect capture of a classic of our fields,always nice to see,especially when taken so well,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Siegfried
照的很清晰 也很漂亮
光線充足 非常亮麗

Hello Siggi
Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

Hello Siegfried
Excellent photo, good focus and detail, nice setting and background.
regards yiannis

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