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Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6ED, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-15 10:15
Viewed: 4324
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Viceroy Butterfly Limenitis archippus

The viceroy butterfly is dark orange with black veins. A row of white spots edge its wings. Its color and pattern mimics the monarch butterfly's pattern except for a black horizontal stripe that crosses the bottom of its back wings. The viceroy caterpillar is white and olive-brown.
The viceroy can be found in most of the continental United States and in southern Canada and northern Mexico.
The viceroy butterfly lives in meadows, marshes and swamps and other wet areas with willow, aspen and poplar trees.
The viceroy caterpillar eats the leaves of willow and poplar trees.
The viceroy mates in the afternoon. The female lays her eggs on the tips of the leaves of poplars and willows. There are usually two or three generations of viceroys born each breeding season.
the viceroy and the monarch are actually examples of Mullerian mimicry where two equally toxic species mimic each other to the benefit of each.

The photo has been cropped slightly.

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Hi Bob,
A superb macro capture of this viceroy b-fly from great POV with excellent details and wonderful BG.
TFS and cheers,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-15 11:24]

Hello Wolf,
Very beautiful photo in splendid contrasting colours. Superb composition. Good sharpness, POV and OOF BG.

Hi Wolf,

That magnifies the color of this photo, you see the joy of the colors of the species, so that while you can see the details and structure. Good work, very well composed.



Wonderful, very sharp, lovely colors.
Good job!

Hello Wolf,

Background with the green ground with vibrant colors of this butterfly tonality really a very specific composition created. Light, the sharpness and clarity is excellent. Thank you for sharing this beautiful.

Best Regards.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-15 15:12]

Ji Rob

Thanks for the post and note - I assumed it was a Monarch! Lovely pose and detail here.


hello Rob

very beautiful photo of this butterfly with fine POV
and the way it is framed on the image, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, and wonderfully
blurred all green background, TFS


Hello Wolf
wonderful capture of this Limenitis Archippus with nice pose great sharpness and beautiful wings position, i like the conrast between the orange butterfly, green BG and pink flowers, superb composition
Have a good night

Hi Wolf,

The butterfly is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the viceroy butterfly on the flower. The blurred background is putting in evidence the butterfly. Have a nice day.


Hello Wolf,
Beautiful,the shapness is superb giving stunning details on the wings
Well done

Hallo Rob
Like your previous postings this is image is off high standard. Your camerawork is flawless and your work is precise and orderly. It is always a pleasure to look at your images as they testify of pride. I cannot give other comment than great photography as a whole. This butterfly have the most wonderful bright colours and it almost hypnotize the eye. Thanks for sharing. Best regards

Ciao Rob, wonderful butterfly with fantastic colors, splendid blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

The colors are fantastic as well as your perfectly sharp subject. You nailed this one right on the button. Well done!

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