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Butterfly's God

Butterfly's God
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Exposure: f/4.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-27 5:04
Viewed: 4349
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

I call this picture "Butterfly's God" becaus in french we name it "Vulcain" referencing the God of Fire Vulcan in the greek mythology! It is true that this buttefly has fire colors and it is more obvious when you look on the inner wings... In english it is call "Red admiral"...

I hope you appreciate this picture as much as I do ;-)



Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758)
Diagnosis: This familiar, medium-sized (wingspan: 45 to 57 mm) butterfly is easy to recognize, even on the wing. The dark blackish-brown upperside of each wing is crossed by a bright red band, that of the forewing being duplicated on the underside. The tip of the forewing upperside is black with a number of white spots. The hindwing underside is a mottled grey and green when fresh.

Subspecies: Subspecies rubria is found throughout North America.

Range: This is a holarctic species, found also in Europe and northern Asia. It is widespread in North America and is found from coast to coast in Canada, north to the tip of Newfoundland and to Churchill, Manitoba. There are also records in Yukon (Frances Lake) and the Northwest Territories (Fort Resolution, Fort Providence and Porter Lake).

Similar Species: None in Canada.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria), larva. W. Lukey
Early Stages: The larvae range from black to yellowish green and have yellow lateral stripes and branched spines. They are very sluggish and live in rolled leafnests on stinging nettle (Urtica spp.) and Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis), and sometimes on cultivated hops.

Abundance: Like other migrants, Vanessa atalanta varies in abundance, but is rarely completely absent from Canada in the summer. In good migrant years, like 1981, it can be extremely abundant.

Flight Season: Migrants are seen in May over most of southern Canada (mid-April at Point Pelee). There are two or possibly three generations per year, with fresh specimens seen even in September. They occasionally overwinter successfully in Canada in mild winters.

Habits: This is a conspicuous and aggressive butterfly that often claims a territory, like a road through a woods or even a parking lot, and defends it against all comers. Its habitat preferences vary widely, from clearings in woods to vacant lots in downtown areas. An avid flower visitor, it is regularly seen in gardens.

ellis49, albert, Miss_Piggy, JoseMiguel, kebapci, MMM, Alex99, boreocypriensis, horia, fiyo, Jamesp, jazdzurka has marked this note useful
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To Alex99: Thank you Alexei :-)pilonm 1 02-28 07:09
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Hi Michel,
a fine picture and a nice reminder of last summer.
Lovely colours and nice lighting,
The details are great and the as well, the whole butterfly
in focus and it standout well from the BG.
Very good work.

Hi Michel,
A very nice and sharp photo
Well done

Hallo Michel
Very well taken shot of this pretty butterfly. I like the way the inner side and the outer side of the wings are displayed. It is not often that you see the patterns and colours on both sides of the wings on the same photo. Crisp clear with all details clearly seen. All settings and technical detail are just right. Thank you for sharing this special image with us. Good composition, and lovely background. Well done, thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Bonjour Michel,
Splendid capture of this b's gods!
You achieved a high quality image, with amazing sharp details, a beautiful smooth background and an excellent composition.
Felicitacions et merci du partage.
Mes amities,

Salut Michel,
C'est une excellente composition avec ce beau specimen sur une fleur d'Échinacé. Les détails sont superbes avec de belles couleurs et exposition naturelles. Bravo!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-27 6:24]

Salut Michel,
eye catching composition, the colors and the lighting are wonderful.
Incredible details and POV. Very nice work

Dear Lumix bro,

Thank you for sharing this unique beauty, with great POV, DOF and live colors.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-27 7:25]

Salut Michel
Tres belle composition.Image bien en focus et excellent détails.La lumiere et les couleurs sont superbe.J'adore l'arriere plan hors focus.
Merci Michel

Hello Michel,
Very good image. I do like the vivid and saturated colours.
Wonderful perch and background...
Well done

bonjour michel
le POV est vraiment ideal,vous vous étes placé a la bonne hauteur et le BG est vraiment excellent,tout comme la netteté surle papillon et son support.

Hi Michel.
Outstanding by subject and by quality picture. Fantastic rich colours, great DOF and ultimate details and sharpness of the beautiful butterfly and so amazing flower. I like superb colourful BG. It is fine too. Bravo and thanks for my nest favorite picture.

Very nice - the off center composition makes it even more interesting. Excellent detail and color! Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Michel,
A wonderful capture of this beautiful "butterfly'god" :) friend with excellent colour, details and lighting.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Michel,
Delighted to see such a beautiful butterfly been posted from you! my compliment, Michel!
The pose of it is so perfect in exposure and focus here to achieve the total sharpness, original beautiful colour and details
very very well done!
I loved it very much

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-27 13:39]

Hi Michel

A splendid capture from you and a very interesting approach for the title :)
I actually like the "game of words" here and the way you managed to link this beautiful butterfly to the God of Fire...it's something i didn't know until now and i'm happy to learn :)

The photo itself is a superb macro!
I love the sharp details on the admiral and the flower but also the gorgeous bokeh you managed to get in the BG.
The colors in the frame are charming everywhere and the composition is also lovely!

Bravo and TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-27 15:05]

Hello Michel,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,sharpness,simple BG,clear details and framing a lot.TFS

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-27 16:19]

Bonjour Michel,

De belles couleurs riches et bien saturées sur ce papillon.
Une excellente netteté sur ces ailes qui nous sont offertes sous deux différents angles.

Bien fait!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-27 23:16]

Hi Michel

Great POV and isolation of the butterfly. I also like the unusual form of the flower - excellent. Good framing of the subject too.


Hi Michel
Beautiful picture. Good composition and exposition. Depth of field also well making the background uniform.
Thanks for sharing

Original PoV.
Excelente nitidez y estupenda nota, muy completa.
Magníficos detalles y una luz perfecta.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-03 21:03]

Hello Michel

A wonderful capture with excellent clarity and sharpness of detail.
The lighting is well handled,and the colours are rich and well saturated.
Very well composed in the frame.
The POV and DOF are well done,the OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


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