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Painted Lady Duo

Painted Lady Duo
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Copyright: Helen Matten (Helkoryo) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 23 W: 4 N: 41] (182)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon 60mm EF-S f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-19 15:17
Viewed: 4337
Points: 6
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Painted Lady (Wikipedia)

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5--9–cm (2--2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

Vanessa carduiThe American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4--5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

The West Coast Lady (V. annabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks a white dot in the subapical orange found in virginiensis, and is a purer orange color. annabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in annabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in annabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in corresponding virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is quite similar to V. cardui. Its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. Caterpillars are found mainly on Ammobium alatum.

Make: Canon
Model: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 60/1 mm
Date Taken: 2009-08-02 18:20
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 289 kb

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hello Helen

excellent photo of these butterflies with fine POV and DOF,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, beautiful hard luminosity,
i will go and see your website adress, TFS


Hi Helen,

Marvellous capture of the Painted Lady-duo with great sharpness and from a well-chosen POV! The DOF is very fine. The colors of the butterflies look so natural...simply wonderful. The purple flowers give great contrast to the colors of the butterflies. The blurred green BG is nice too.
Very well done!

Thanks for presenting!

best greetings,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Helen,

A beautiful picture, cheerful, deep, contrasting, full of movement and lights. A real carnival, registered good tones. Excellent job, very well documented. Thank you!



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