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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 13:26
Viewed: 3348
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly. Since the 19th century, it is also found in New Zealand, and in Australia where it is also known as the Wanderer Butterfly. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands (except Lanzarote) and Madeira, and is found as a migrant in the Azores, Portugal and Spain. Its wings feature an easily recognisable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.5–12.5 cm. The females have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released.
Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. They make massive southward migrations from August through October. A northward migration takes place in the spring. Female Monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations. The population east of the Rocky Mountains overwinters in the sanctuary in Angangueo, Michoacán, Mexico, and the western population overwinters in various sites in central coastal California, United States, notably in Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz. The length of these journeys far exceeds the lifetime of most Monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer lives up to 7 months, during which it flies to the overwinter location. This generation does not reproduce until it leaves the overwinter location the following spring, but it is actually this generation's children and great-grandchildren that return to their northern location in the spring. How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over a gap of several generations is still a subject of research; the flight patterns are inherited, based on a combination of circadian rhythm and the position of the sun on the sky.(wikipedia.org)

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Wow quite exceptional mircea! Great blend of coours and tones here...simply beautiful.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-04 13:43]

Bonjour Mircea
Excellente composition, cadrage, couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

great shot!

Preciosa presentación, con un encuadre maravilloso. Bellos colores y magnífico BG.ç
Un saludo, JL.

Hello Mircea , excellent colors and shrpnss , TFS.

Salut Mircea,
Frumoasa captura! Imi place ca "personajul principal" nu e singurul vizitator al florii. Excelente detalii, continuitate cromatica in fundal si compozitie foarte reusita.
Numai bine,

Hi Mircea

Lovely bright colours. Nice composition with excellent OOF BG. Congrats! :-)

hi mircea!
nice macro with beautiful
colours and good sharpness
well done!

Hello Mircea,

What a beautiful and colorful picture of a cute little and not less colorful Monarch butterfly! A very good composition is nicely emphasized by this soft dreamy background! This photo is so eye-catching and easy to view that I nearly failed to spot the tiny bug in the right side of the picture. I find the butterfly a little bit too centered in the frame but appreciate a lot how you used the rule of thirds when framing the colorful flower.
The colors look natural and rich and the background in the same tones compliments them very well. Sharpness and DOF are excellent and I wasn't able to find a nit on the exposure. In my opinion the major flaw in this picture is the huge font size you used when applying signature. I think just a third of this size would have been sufficient. Just enough to let us know you're the owner. Right now your signature competes for attention with the butterfly which you don't want. The classic and delicate frame was well chosen and is a great asset. Well seen and captured with great notes. I wish we had this species here too. Congratulations and TFS!

Warmest Regards,

Why on earth did this monarch only get 18 points so far? This is beautiful! The colors are splendid - wonderful focus - great composition.

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