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Copyright: ridvan iron (ridvan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-28
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 12:16
Viewed: 2909
Points: 36
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hi all.Painted Lady

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, known in North America as the Cosmopolite.

It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella).

The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Compositae (especially thistle), Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow (Malva neglecta), and a number of legumes. The adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle, butterfly bush (Buddleia), asters, Tickseed sunflowers (Bidens) and zinnias.

Distinguishing features
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span can range from 2 - 2 7/8 inches long) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly orange wings.

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large eyespots on the ventral side, whereas cardui has four small eyespots. virginiensis also features a small white dot within the orange subapical field. which shows on both the dorsal and ventral sides. A less reliable indicator is the row of spots on the submarginal hindwing; while cardui typically has a row of small black spots, virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. In its summer form, however, cardui also sometimes has small blue pupils, so it is the two larger spots which best distinguish virginiensis.

The West Coast Lady (V. anabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks the distinctive white dot of virginiensis, and is a deeper, more consistent orange than both virginiensis and cardui; anabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing, while in the other species these areas are often pale or tinged with white. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in anabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in anabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is similar to V. cardui. However, its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. A major food plant is Ammobium alatum.

Info from wikipedia.com

have a nice day.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-28 12:18]

Hi Ridvan. good shot of the butterfly. nice detail and colour with a good POV. well done.TFS..

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-28 12:19]

great focus good colors, some of the flowers are a bit overexposed though, excellent DOF

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-28 12:23]

Hello Ridvan, nice shot from this butterfly, you captured it well, good POV..congrats..

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-28 12:50]

Merhaba Rıdvan,
Keskinlik ve detaylarıyla başarılı bir çalışma,
Kelebeğin konumu ve renkleri çok güzel,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-28 12:58]

Hello Ridvan,
Fine capture of the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), a butterfly species that will soon find its way north to Sweden.
Excellent POV, sharpness and composition on the Lantana flowers.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Ridvan,
very colourful picture of this Painted Lady.
The sharpness is okay, the point of view is well chosen.
The white flowers in the background are a little bit overexposed. But all in all a great shot.
Regards, FABIAN

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-28 17:08]

Uma belissima borboleta com cores agradaveis meus parabéns.

Merhaba Ridvan,
A very good macro of this butterfly!
I like so much the clear and sharp details got on the insect, the colours and textures on their wings.
Very good the contrasting colours got with all the elements here.
My only nit would be the slightly OE whites on the flowers at the upper back.
Well done and thanks for share.
My best reagrds,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-28 19:47]

Razor sharp focus with amazing detail of eyes. Outstanding exposure revealing beautiful well saturated natural colors of this butterfly. Outstanding POV.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-28 21:50]

Hello Rivdan,
Great camera work on this superb macro, thanks for sharing.

Hello Ridvan,
Attractive details are captured in the butterfly!
Well composed image, where I appreciate the tight framing...
The texture in the insect is very well captured!
Pablo -

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-29 4:26]

Wonderful shot and specially the spread of wings and the angle you have taken the shot. Point tomorrow ganesh yes point given to this wonderful picture

Hello Ridvan,
Excelente nitidez con buenos detalles y bellos colores. Saludos
José Ramón

Muhteşem renk cümbüşü
Netlik ve detaylar enfes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-30 17:32]

Hi Ridvan

A very beautiful macro shot, full of vivid colors and tones and a superb posed butterfly!
The details are good and the focus on the hear, eyes and antennae is well managed.
Very nice POV and charming composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-30 18:07]

merhaba ridvan
bu guzel vanessa cardui'yi lantana camara uzerinde beslenirken guzelce kadrajlamissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkler, detaylar ve bilgi notu basarili bir yakin cekim olmus
eline saglik

Hello Dear, :)

This is a wonderful photograph of a painted lady! The colours are outstanding, perfect sharpness, showing lovely detail in your subject! Great composition, you're a macro pro! Love it!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-05-04 23:30]

Beautiful shot,lovely colours!!

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