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American Painted Lady

American Painted Lady
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 19:13
Viewed: 3280
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TrekNature Viewers!

At first glance, one might be tempted to identify this butterfly as a Red Admiral. However, it is really an American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Other names are Hunter's Butterfly and Virginia Lady (from the Audubon "Field Guide to Butterflies"). It is a small, very colorful butterfly, about one-half the size of a Monarch.

I took this shot about a week ago. I was quite surprised at the complexity of the pattern on the outside of this butterfly's wings. Because my photo shows both the outside and much of the inside, it is easier to make an identification than with just one view. I think that it makes quite a pleasing shot to see both views also.

The nectar in our butterfly bush blossoms is not very plentiful at this point. So, very few butterflies come by. I'm glad that the American Painted Lady decided to pay us a visit before the end of the season.

I hope that you like my photo, and I look forward to your comments.


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To nagraj: Thanks!ubc64 1 08-27 10:37
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-26 19:29]
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Excellent image John,
Very sharp details with magnificent colors. I like the diagonal composition and blurred BG.
It's nice you were able to capture it in a pose in which we can see both sides of the wings. Your right, it really helps to identify it. Well done!! TFS.

bonjour jhon
bienvenu sur TN
voila une photo parfaitement realisée,c'est net et joliement coloré.les reglages choisit sont adapté a la macro.
vous n'avez pas precisé le type d'objectif utilisé mais vu la focale de 260mm je suppose qu'il s'agit d'un 70-300 ou quelque chose comme cela!

hi john,
very beautiful capture, nice composition and background. one can see the under and upper side of the wings here. tfs.

Hi John
Your Painted Lady is a nice contrast to the Butterfly Bush. Excellent DOF and POV. I wish we could grow the bush here but I think it's to cold. We do get the Painted Lady here thought. We had a big migration a few years ago.
TFS Janice

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