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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 11:18
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Painted Lady group of colourful butterflies comprises the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.

The group includes:

* the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), which is almost global in its distribution
* Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
* American (Painted) Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
* West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5--9–cm (2--2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4--5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

The West Coast Lady (V. annabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks a white dot in the subapical orange found in virginiensis, and is a purer orange color. annabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in annabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in annabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in corresponding virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is quite similar to V. cardui. Its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. Caterpillars are found mainly on Ammobium alatum.

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Buna Marius,
Excelenta perspectiva, culori minunate, detalii si claritate de invidiat iar fundalul este asa cum ne-ai obisnuit unul clar care evidentiaza subiectul. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Impressive sharpness and excellent composition. The flower is also quite interesting with beautifully coloured bracts

Hi Marius,
Next to your butterfly, My poor butterfly of today looks rustic and a bit ugly! ha ... ha ... ha... :) But so often, you put beauty and art in every picture you do my friend, good job! with a masterful POV and details worthy of applause! TFS!
Regards, Jesús

Salut Marius!O imagine soectaculoasa a unui fluture frumos.Clariotate buna fundal frumos si culori foarte placute.

Ciao Marius. Great scoop! So rare this year and during 2010. Great quality for the beuaty with fantastic natural colours. TFS.


Some stiff competition here and this capture, clearly can challenge even the greatest of all butterflies in Treknature! Well done Maurizio! This painted lady is my queen today ;)
George Veltchev

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-05 12:14]

Buna Marius,
Splendida fotografie ca de obicei, felicitari!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-05 12:19]

Hello Marius,
Exceptional beautiful photo of this butterfly in splendid colours and great sharpness and details. Splendid contrasting blurred BG and composition. Taken from the best possible POV.

wonderful your vanessa Marius, congratulations! nice colors, great details and good composition,

all the best,


Hello Marius,
wonderful capture of this Painted Lady with beautiful colours and a well chosen POV. I do also like the good sharpness with many details and the blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-05 12:43]

Hello Marius,
This year i haven't met this species which was very common two years ago. photo taken perfectly, good sharpness and light, beautifully look flower.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Marius,
An impressive macro of this Painted Lady butterfly, Excellent clarity and sharpness, Lovely lighting and colours, Nicely composed and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-05 13:31]

Hello Marius!
A outstanding pic! Wonderful colors, great sharpness and amazing BG.I love also the artistic POV.Well done! Bravo!
Nice evening!

Hi Marius,
Perfect POV for this beautiful macro image!
Spectacular colours, impressive sharpness and good BG.
thanks for sharing

  • PaulLees Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
  • [2011-07-05 14:30]

Hey Marius,

Wow what a great shot here my friend, this must be one of your best shots of Butterflies, excellent detailed sharpness with amazing clarity, exposure well 10/10, splendid work Marius, sorry no smilies left, good night my friend,
Best regards,


Hello Marius
compliments for the nice photo, great sharpness and contrast.
Beautiful natural colors and POV
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hallo Marius,
a superb macrro shot of the Painted Lady taken with impressive details and marvellouc colours, excellent point of view, very well composed
Best regards

Great shot Marius,
Excellent POV, Perfect sharpness, fine details, beautifull colors

TFS Thijs

Hi Marius,
Wow this one is so sharp. The colors of the butterfly, the purple thistle, and the green background are amazing together. The composition with eveything together doesn't get better I don't think. Excellant.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-06 2:50]

Hi Marius,a magnificent painted lady,so rare this year,the best pov for a magnificent result,great sharpness,colors and details.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Marius,
wonderful butterfly portrait!
A beautiful composition with fine details and excellent sharpness


A very well composed posting that displays excellent detail and is razor sharp. I also like your shallow DOF and blurred BG. Your lighting, POV and colours are all great.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-06 7:00]

Fine image of this lovely Lady with good details and colors, the flower too is lovely. tfs.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-06 8:02]

Hello Marius.
This is an amazing detailed picture of this beautiful butterfly. It's my favorite butterfly that flies near my house. Picture of high quality, as are all yours. Your point of view used to show artwork and beautiful colors on the wings. Also beautiful pose on a flower. Very nice contrast against the blurry background. Precise work. Thank you for sharing, have a nice day.
Best regards

Hi Marius,
very good photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness and a lot of details.
Thanks for sharing,

Another Great photo Marius! For one more time: Excellent POV, composition and ΒG. Fantastic colours. Perfect focus.

Hello Marius,
We see many beautiful images of butterflies here and, for me, this is one of the best in quite a while. Fabulous colours and patterns and definition! Truly beautiful! Well done...it is pure pleasure to view. Best wishes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-06 11:12]

Hello Marius,
The high quality of this image is impressive in all respects. The fine sharpness, natural colours, contrasting clean BG and composition contribute to a professional looking capture of the Painted Lady.
Great to view!
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Marius, wonderful painted lady with fantastic colors, lovely composition with beautiful flowers, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius, show all points of view. A picture is amazing in terms of recovery of the subject. Bravo. All the best, Paul

marius, this is a beautiful shot of the Painted Lady. Great sharpness and detail. Bill

Hi Marius,
A very fine macro of this beautiful butterfly ! Excellent focus, sharp details and beautiful colours.

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