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Painted Lady-I

Painted Lady-I
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Copyright: yildiz banu pek (star74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies, Lantana Flowers and their visitors, Butterflies on Lantana Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 11:57
Viewed: 3539
Points: 22
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Painted lady (Vanessa Cardui)
The Painted Lady may be the most widespread butterfly in the world. It also known as the thistle butterfly and the cosmopolitan (because it is so widespread, occurring in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa). This flying insect lives in temperate and some tropical areas.
Egg: The Painted Lady begins its life cycle as an egg that is the size of a pin head. Eggs are pale green with 12 to 14 longitudinal ridges; they are laid on thistle, mallow, or hollyhock leaves. The incubation period is 3 to 5 days.

Caterpillar (larva): The caterpillar eats continually for 5 to 10 days before it pupates. The purple to black caterpillar has long spines on each segment; there are yellow-green stripes and large white dots. The caterpillar is up to 1.25 inches (3 cm) long. It builds a silky, webbed nest as it feeds, usually eating thistle, mallow, malva, hollyhock, sunflower, or canola. As the larva grows, it sheds its skin (this is called molting). The time between sheddings is called an instar; each instar has slightly different coloring.

Chrysalis (pupa): When the caterpillar has grown to the right size, it pupates. It hangs upside-down from a leaf or branch, and attaches itself with a single silken string. An adult forms from the caterpillar, whose internal structure changes completely. The chrysalis becomes almost transparent when the butterfly is about to emerge. An adult will emerge about 7 to 10 days after the chrysalis has formed

Adult: When an adult emerges from the split chrysalis, it hangs upside down and pumps blood into its four wings, inflating them.Then it waits for its delicate wings to dry. It can fly a few hours after emerging.

The adult Painted Lady is mostly black, brown, and orange with some white spots; the underside is gray with white and red markings. The adult has a 2 - 2 7/8 inch (5.1 - 7.3 cm) wingspan. Adults sip sweet thistle and clover nectar. Adults can mate in about a week after emerging; adults only live about 2 weeks.

Migration: Adults from colder parts of North America overwinter in Mexico; adults from northern Europe migrate to North Africa and southern Europe.

Classification: Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies), Genus Vanessa, Species V. cardui.


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Hello Yildiz,
great depth of field which of course is necessary to present the butterfly from this interesting point of view. In general, sharpness could be a little higher. I tried a workshop to reduce the background noise. By this, the butterfly stands out clearer.
Best wishes, Peter

Merhaba Yildiz a nice shot I like the DOF butterfly looks sharp and you got some beautifull colours nicely composed. Selamlar Necip.

Nice DOF, and lovely shot of the butterfly on a pretty plant.. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments and smilie on my photo " December Storm -7 " :o)

Merhaba Yildiz,
Very neat image. DoF and PoV are great. Nicely composed picture, well framed. Nice vivid colors.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-13 4:00]

Merhaba Yıldız hanım,
kelebeğe olan bakış açısına rağmen net bir fotoğraf çekmeyi başarmışsın,renkler ve BG'de çok güzel,tebrikler.
Selam ve sevgilerle..

Tres jolie cette dame peinte et bien placée sur un fond flou

Selam Yildiz,
Harika bir kelebek fotosu olmuş.
Arka plan,netklik ve kadraj mükemmel.
Ellerine sağlık.

Hi Yildiz,
this is a wonderful capture! The butterfly fits perfectly within the DoF range while the background is wonderfully blurred. I love the composition and colors, too! Thaks for all the valuable info in your note.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-13 11:51]

Hello Yildiz,
Welcome to TN!
I like your Painted Lady from an unusual angle in a nice composition. It's an excellent start on TN and I'm sure you'll learn a lot here like I have. To get rid of the noise in the background you can download for free NeatImage from Internet which is easy to use and very useful at times.
TFS, Ulla

hello yildiz,
lovely shot,
nice pov, good dof,
well saturated colours,
lovely bg,
very well done,
tfs & regards

Excellent composition, this is POV which most of us dont shoot, but you have shown how good it can be!!!
Excellent colors, exposure and DOF
Goutham R

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