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Thistle Butterfly

Thistle Butterfly
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 3:26
Viewed: 3564
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Painted Lady is known in Swedish as Tistelfjäril, which means 'Thistle Butterfly'.

Indeed this butterfly is not only fond of taking nectar from thistle flowers, like this Marsh Thistle, but the caterpillars use various species of thistle as their larval host plants. Linneus knew this in 1758 and named the butterfly 'Vanessa of the thistle' (Vanessa cardui).

The Painted Lady is the most widespread butterfly in the world. It arrives in Sweden from Southern Europe in the late spring and stays in two or three generations until the frosts arrive. We are dependent on this butterfy's abilty to fly long distances in order to regard it as a Swedish species and in some years it can be very common.

This shot was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of nearly two meters and the image was cropped by about 30% After size reduction some sharpening was needed.

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Wow,So beautiful B/f.

I like the color's on you'r B/F..


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-27 3:41]

Hi Ivan,
a great shot of this pretty butterfly.
Sharp and detailed.
Excellent composition and DOF.
Well done,

Hello Ivan,
Well composed.
Thanks for sharing your Painted Lady.

Hola Ivan,
Preciosa composición de esta bella mariposa, buena nitidez, bonitos colores muy naturales, con un posadero y fondo muy bellos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-27 3:58]

salut Ivan,
trčs trčs belle image, pour moi c'est parfait. Superbe composition colorée et dynamique, netteté excellente et BG uni.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-27 4:03]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid shot of the Painted Lady with lovely colours and textures/patterns on its wings. I like the colour contrast between the thistle, BG and the butterfly. The sharpness and focus are spot-on. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Ivan,
A lovely butterfly. Excellent composition, details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Amazingly beautiful capture of the colours and patterns on the wings of the Painted Lady, Ivan.
I like the composition with the purple thistle flower.
Well done and TFS.

WOW!!! Incredible capture...Exposure, DOF, deail, BG, POV, lighting and especially the color are all exceptional...Very well done...TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-27 4:57]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa macro,
hermosa compo, colores y bello pov,
sobresaliente bg,

Hi Ivan,
It has the same name in the Netherlands "Distelvlinder" wich in Dutch also means "Thiste Buttefly".
Wonderful clear image in wich the butterfly and thistle do stand out greatly against the somewhat darker green color in the background.
Very beautiful colors, contrast and details.
Sharpness, DOF and lighting are perfect.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-27 5:15]

Hi Ivan.
Excellent sharp capture of this "Vanessa",which I will never haven't seen on thistle on ours meadow.I really like light in the picture.Excellent reproductions of colors on butterfly and on thistle.As well as great sharp details.Superb green BG too.Well composed with very nice point of view.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Ivan !
Usually we see theupper side of this butterfly, but he is also beautiful with the wings closed. I love these colors and patterns. Excellent sharpness and details, nice natural colors, wonderful composition and POV, and an outstanding BG, nicely blurred, to make your subject stand out. Very well done !

Hi Ivan
The painted Lady is so beautiful in your shot.
To this helps the great BG and the clear shot.
Excellent composition at all parts with beautiful colors
The thistle is also beautiful.
TFS and see you

hello ivan,
very nice capture, this shot is full of rich colours, excellent dof resulting in smooth bg, well composed shot, nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

selam ivan, an excellent shot and very good composition of this butterfly nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-27 8:06]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful butterfly and a beautiful picture. I love seeing both sides of the wings. Excellent rich colors and fine details. The composition with the thistle and perfect background is wonderful.


Great shot and very nice pov.
Great contrast of animal with BG.

bonjour ivan
je vous tire mon chapeau,cette fois encore je ne trouve rien de mauvais sur cette photo,je dirait męme plus elle st parfaite.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful butterfly with marvelous colors, wonderful POV and composition..Great posing!.. Well done


Wonderful Colours, great Job

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-27 10:11]

Delightful colours and details, excellent contrasting BG

Más definición casi imposible para la bella cardui. Preciosos colores y mención especial para los círculos de las alas. Fondo muy adecuado. Como siempre, gracias por tu buena colaboración en identificaciones (id), en concreto de Milabris. Un saludo y buenas fotos Ivan. J. Ignasi

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-27 12:53]

Wow, this is a beautiful photo of this common butterfly. I think the BG is perfect as it enhances the colours of the butterfly so nicely. Also perfect exposure, sharpness and lovely colours makes this 10 point photo!

Best regards/Bengt Falke

Excellent work Ivan, I like it.
Perfect exposure and color saturation.
Great detail, sharpness and DOF/POV.
The green BG works well.
Very well done & have nice weekend!

Hello Ivan,
How pretty! Beautiful color and love the POV .Really can see all the details of the wings , great shot. TFS

Hola Iván.
Excelente imagen muy colorista.
Precioso bg y acertado DoF, un buen trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-28 8:35]

Ivan, what a colorful butterfly you have captured. The POV and the composition is perfect. Very well done. Ganesh

Belle photo de ce papillon trčs jolis et avec beaucoups de détails superbes et bien nets. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Ivan, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors, elegant composition with excellent sharpness and perfect details, lovely blurry BG, very well done, BRAVISSIMO! have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
PS thanks for id:)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-29 7:24]

Hola Ivan,
Excellent pov, pose, dof, exposure and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-30 4:13]

Hi Ivan,
Composition, POV, details, focus, colors and lighting are very god. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hola Ivan.

Excelente mariposa muy bien retratada por lo bien que se aprecian sus detalles.


A wonderful image of this superbly colourful Butterfly Ivan. The Butterfly's markings are lovely. The sharpness and the detail in your image are very impressive.

Hello Ivan perfect DOF, nicely composed, great detail, clean background, nice profile angle, I love the details in the wing excellent clarity and contrast tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Ivan,
What a nice image! I like the very good details and close-up on flower and insect against an uniform green BG. Superb job, TFS

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