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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC LZ1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-13 13:58
Viewed: 3374
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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A Painted Lady

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, known in North America as the Cosmopolite.
It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady(Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella).
The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.
The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Compositae (especially thistle), Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow (Malva neglecta), and a number of legumes. The adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle, butterfly bush (Buddleia), asters, Tickseed sunflowers (Bidens) and zinnias.
Distinguishing features
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span can range from 2 - 2 7/8 inches long) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly orange wings.
The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large eyespots on the ventral side, whereas cardui has four small eyespots. virginiensis also features a small white dot within the orange subapical field. which shows on both the dorsal and ventral sides. A less reliable indicator is the row of spots on the submarginal hindwing; while cardui typically has a row of small black spots, virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. In its summer form, however, cardui also sometimes has small blue pupils, so it is the two larger spots which best distinguish virginiensis.
The West Coast Lady (V. anabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks the distinctive white dot of virginiensis, and is a deeper, more consistent orange than both virginiensis and cardui; anabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing, while in the other species these areas are often pale or tinged with white. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in anabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in anabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in virginiensis.
The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is similar to V. cardui. However, its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. A major food plant is Ammobium alatum.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-13 14:03]

Hi Hilary

This is indeed a superb composition. The butterfly looks great and it's aslo framed very nicely. Great colors and light, excellent POV and DOF. Perhaps the only tiny nit are the soft details.
Anyway, very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-13 14:05]

Hi Hilary

Lovely shot. This is a beautiful butterfly and you have done it justice. Wonderful colours, EXCELLENT composition, good DOF and POV.



beautiful Photo, the colors are wonderful, great details as well. TFS
Donna :o)

Hello Hilary,
this is a very nice butterfly shot. Very good colours good DOF and very good sharpness. This is a very good composition. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-13 15:24]

Considering the camera you have I think this is an excellent shot. It's a nice composition, good colours and pretty sharp.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Hilary,
Great macro.Exellent details and colours.Very well composed.
Best regards.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-13 17:47]

Hello Hilary,
this composition is wonderful, beautiful OOF and wonderful POV. It shows off the butterfly very well and the sharpness is very good. beautiful colors and very nicely presented.

Hello Hilary,

excellent work, great colors and details, perfect colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect colors, excellent work, TFS Kyle

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-13 21:51]

Hello Hilary

Another beautiful butterfly.I like the composition and the beautiful colours.A great DOF and POV.Lovely blurry BG.TFS


Hello Hilary,
Excellent shot. I added immediately in my favorites. TFS Hil
With my best wishes.

Hi Hilary,
Once again this is a beautiful composition with this nice butterfly. Details on the wings are very good. There is something that I can't explain about its body though... Did you workshoped it? I wonder which kind of lens you used for it and what aperture too. Well done,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-14 14:29]

Hi Hilary.
Super shot this butterfly Vanessa cardui. I like composition - is very nice. Good details and nature colours. Superb jobs.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-15 21:36]

Hi Hilary
Nice butterfly shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
well done mf

No smiles left Will be back :)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-01 21:54]

Hello Hilary,
Very nice composition with an extensive note. The focus is a bit soft but good exposure and colours are strong points of your shot.
Best greetings for 2007!!!

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