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Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)

Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-07-22 21:12
Viewed: 1370
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been on vacation this past week up at Chautauqua lake in New York. While at Chautauqua I always stop in at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute to walk the grounds and visit the museum.

I spotted this pretty Viceroy Butterfly in one of their flower gardens and just had to try and photograph it. The viceroy looks very similar to the Monarch and is to the untrained eye, hard to tell apart.

For more info on the ViceroyClick Here

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Wow, this is a beautiful butterfly, Ron, somewhat similar to our Plain Tiger here in Asia! Super point of view and composition.
The word 'Chautauqua' in your note reminded me of my most favorite book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by late Robert Pirsig.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture!

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

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-07-23 4:31]

Hi Ron,great capture of the rare and unknown sister of the most common Monarch! A perfect side view with fine detail and bright colors,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hello Ron
une magnifique photo: couleur, détails et netteté.
Joli arrière fond.
Bonne journée

Hello Ron.
Beautiful coloured butterfly. Well captured. Details look good as well as BG.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ron,
Excellent capture with a nice specie. Perfect focus, details and clarity.
It is a high quality image. A great luck to catch it from a close range which such superb light.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2017-07-26 11:54]

Hi Ron, Just a great picture with a excellent composition. Also the light, color, sharpness and colors plus the natural place help to enjoy the picture.

That's a masterpiece, Ron! Absolutely perfect. A wonderful composition, beautiful light, needle-sharp and technically perfect. :-)

I haven't been in here in ages, and I'm very glad to see you're still knocking them out.

When trying to tell a Monarch from a Viceroy, I just look for that black line through the back wing, as it's an easily-seen field mark. The Viceroys and Monarchs often fly differently too. Viceroys often fly much faster and in a straight line instead of fluttering and dipsy-doodling around the way Monarchs tend to do.

hallo Ron
this is a beauty with good sharpness and beautiful colour s
thanks gr lou

Hi Ron,

The vegetation is framing well the insect. The point of view is showing the details of the Viceroy butterfly. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


A good clean shot, very sharp and the butterfly well set off against the green background.

Hi Ron,
Beautiful butterfly, great composition, colors and contrast. Brilliant playing with shadows and lights. However, I feel the wings are a bit oversharpened. Not much, just a touch.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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