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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-10 13:49
Viewed: 1909
Points: 16
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This is a Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa). Also known as Camberwell Beauty. When i found this butterfly in the woods of Ghiloni Park, i had no idea of its ID. The butterfly was of medium size. Not a small one. You can say 'big'.. to some extent.

This is my FIRST sighting of a butterfly in Massachusetts; also a first for this season. The species was absolutely new to me.. never seen before. It wasn't possible to spot the butterfly if it had not changed its position. Was easily camouflaged amongst those piles of dry leaves..

Mourning Cloak? Nice name! :)

Thanks for viewing.

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Ciao Ruby, great macro of fantastic butterfly, rare in my country, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

'Mourning Cloak' is quite an interesting name for this butterfly, Ruby.
For me, it is a new species.
Excellent capture with the butterfly sunning itself with its beautiful wings wide open. The specimen is somewhat worn but the colors and patterns on its wings have lost none of their glory.
Very attractive image!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby,
I see you found one of the few butterflies that overwinter here in the eastern part of the US. They love to sun themselves this time of the year just as this one is doing.
You have captured it very well as it perches on this dead log in full sun. Excellent focus and perfect white balance.
Be on the lookout for other butterflies this time of the year such as the orange colored Question Mark. I usually find them about the same time the Mourning Cloaks start to appear.

Hi Ruby,
Quite rare species in my home country, Hungary, and a very difficultly photographable one, because it sits for very few times and flies very quickly. I never managed to capture it, but saw only once last year. Your photo's an excellent one with great details on the b-fly, natural colors and nice DoF. I might crop a little more from the bottom, otherwise a superb photo. Bravo!
Best regards, László

Hi Ruby

Nice balanced exposure in direct light which manages to show off the beautiful chocolate/cocoa colour of this butterfly really well. Nice diagonal composition too.


Hello Ruby,
Nice capture with fine details and clarity,impressive BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

Nice capture with excellent colors and good sharpness.


Hello Ruby
The Mourning Cloak is such a pretty butterfly. I love your close, sharp view along with the piece of wood it landed on. It made a nice background to show off it's dark colour. Very pretty and a sure sign of spring.
TFS Janice

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