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Vanessa atalanta

Vanessa atalanta
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR, 67mm UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-09 3:40
Viewed: 3678
Points: 20
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Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Vanessa
Species: V. atalanta

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The Red Admiral or Vanessa atalanta (previously also known as Pyrameis atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.

This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red and black wing pattern. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.

In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in, often feeding on the pale fire of ivy flowers on sunny days. The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects. The butterfly also flies on sunny winter days, especially in southern Europe.

In North America, the Red Admiral generally has two broods from March through October. Most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants, but this species over-winters in south Texas.


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hello Jim
Nikon game colours,I like it, impressive, beautiful composition with very fine details, strange orange part in the feather,is cut from the ageing?
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Jim,

Very good saturation. The colors are enigmatic and collaborate with the image in a particular way. I like the background and the arrangement of the elements in the photographic plane.



Interesante ángulo y preciosos colores. Lástima del ligero desenfoque.
Un saludo y buena semana: J. Ignasi.

hello Jim

beautiful composition of this butterfly on his flower,
shot with fine POV at their level, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful patterns of the butterfly,



hello Jim
great composition with good sharpness
beautiful colours and good details
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-09 8:49]

Hi Jim. I like the pastel colours on this fine close up of the Butterfly. The Red Admiral has as much interest on its close wing as the other side. You pov shows the markings so well . With fine detail . TFs.

Hello Jim,
Wonderful colours and details. Excellent composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-10 12:14]

Hello Jim,
An unusual shot of a Red Admiral!
The POV showing it with its wings closed is set in a fine composition with the red flowers against a good neutral natural Bg and its features are seen with fine sharpness.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-10 12:53]

Hi Jim,it's nice to see again the red admiral fliyng...the queen of european summer perfectly taken in a curious and very nice composition,was truely the year of this specie,never seen so much everywhere! My best compliments,have a nice time,Luciano

Hello Jim
Beautiful shot of this Red Admiral, nice closed wings pose on this superb flower
lovely colors and very good details
excellent composition
Have a good night

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