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Dinner Time

Dinner Time
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300 with MB_D10, AF-S VR MICRO NIKKOR 105mm f2.8G ED, 62mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-18 17:56
Viewed: 2606
Points: 16
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Hi Folks , with spring in the air I decided to go for a walk with only my macro lens on my camera , I went to the small park across from my home to check on the catkins growing there knowing they are a big hit with many hungry insects ;-) . this Mourning Cloak butterfly happened along landing in the catkins and started feeding , it was not the most cooperative subject as it was feeding it did a lot of rotating around on the catkins but I managed to get this one off with at least a reasonable point of view...

At this time of year there is not much for flowers for feeding the butterflies , but that is ok for this fellow , it will feed on catkin , oozing tree sap , rotting fruit from last year , as well as extract nutrients from mud puddles and wet soil .

its Caterpillar is called the spiny elm caterpillar , I have yet to get a photograph of it , but have searched out its image and will be on the lookout for one to add to my photo library ;-) it is a black spiny caterpillar with white speckles and a row of red spots along its back. eggs are laid in early June , and the next generation will be on wing by late June or early July , the butterfly will feed briefly in this time then go into Aestivation till fall time , then feed again to store energy for the winter , it will overwinter as an adult in a protected place emerging next spring time as early as mid march ,weather permitting...

this butterfly would be one that has overwintered here , and would be around 10 to 11 months old now , considering that it has survived this long cold Alberta Winter and had such a long life it is looking pretty good for its age , it is reaching the end of its days and soon biological imperative will drive it to couple and pass on its genes to the next generation of its species...

the Mourning Cloak is a large conspicuous butterfly , considered a 'Beginners' butterfly for a butterfly watcher , being one of the first and easiest to identify , but that suits me fine ;-) , being one of the first insect to entertain my macro lens in a new year makes it a favorite of mine ....

thanks for stopping in

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-18 22:17]

Hello Art,
Nice shot of a somewhat worn Mourning Cloak, one of my favourite butterfly species that is also found my country.
Great shot technically, taken from a fine POV that shows both surfaces of the wings.
Interesting to see it feeding on sallow flowers, taken in great lighting. Usually they feed on sap from maple and birch.
Great to see!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-19 2:41]

Hi Art ,
Excellent capture, with some very beautiful colors and good contrast.
The description provided is also very good.
Have a nice day,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-19 3:28]

Hi Art.
What a nice butterfly you have met and captured. It is simply amazing. I have not seen this species yet. Diagonal structure of the image is very impressive. Sharpness of the insect and blossoming twig are superb and BG is nicely smoothed. My compliments and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-05-19 3:28]

yes, very good lighting and perfect composition, the flower looked like a caterpillar, good illusion. tfs.

Hello Art,

I think two of the most important things in this hobby of ours is lighting and composition, and you nailed both here.

The backlighting is stunning test amount to the time of shooting, and the POV couldn’t be better, excellent detail, really nice work,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-19 4:49]

Hello Art,
Very fine and artistic approach to this worn Morning Cloak..but the light and the atmosphere you caught suggest a very beautiful butterfly! Amazing!
Very fine picture with an artistic touch.
Kind regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-19 8:16]

Good details, light and natural colors. Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-19 8:48]

Hello Art,
Beautiful photo in natural light and colours. Excellent sharpness and details. Good POV and composition.

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