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Clouded Yellow
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E520, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-26 16:33
Viewed: 3529
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The butterfly

Colias crocea, (Fourcroy, 1785)

This is a moth of the family Pieridae.

Its wings are typically yellow-orange color. The opposite upper wings are edged with black; the lower edges are only slightly darker than the entire wing.

The spots are characteristic of wings (one large round spot on the lower wings, circled in black and a small full round spot on the forewing, marginal spots on the fore wings and hind wings, arranged in an arc along the wings) .

The item reproduced here has wings pale yellow: this is probably the female form of the alternative Croceus helix (Hübner, 1779).

The size of the butterfly is 30 to 50 millimeters.

The flight of this butterfly occur from May to September in three generations. Some years (referred to as "Year of Colias") a real overgrowth can be detected.

The butterfly is more or less subservient to the legumes, on open land (fields, recent wastelands), to an altitude of 1500 to 200 meters. Nevertheless the preference for legumes is not very strict: the item which is presented here is on a dipsaceae.

Distribution: North Africa, Central and Northern Europe, West Asia, Iran.


The photograph was taken in a young fallow field, in mid-afternoon (around 4 pm), weather sunny.

The focal length used is 250 mm, without a tripod (to have sufficient mobility to follow the butterfly in flight).

The camera mode was set to aperture priority. The opening F/9 was chosen; speed, 1 / 250 with a sensitivity equivalent to ISO-100.

A better sharpness would probably have been obtained in mode shutter priority, with a speed of 1 / 1000 to 1 / 2000. The brightness would permit such a speed.

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So smooth and clear.
In Turkey I see it flying all years. I have also photos on December and January...

hello Philippe
the composition and the BG is very good and the light,warming the splendid colours,good clarity,beautiful and very fine photo
TFS thanks for sharing

hello Philippe,
A very good shot of this beautiful Colias crocea, excellent POV.
TFS. Ferran

hello Philippe
super sharpness composition with great light and the colours are very beautiful
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-27 10:13]

Wonderful capture, great sharp details, good POV.

Very beautifull, sharp details, nice colors, excellent BG.
TFS, best regards,

Salut Philippe,
Il est vraiment très joli ce Colias! Belle composition et un arrière-plan sombre qui fait bien ressortir ses couleurs. Et ce n'est pas une photo facile. Je le sais pour avoir passé une partie de l'après-midi à tenter d'en approcher quelques-uns... Bravo!

bonjour philippe
bien qu'un peu en plongé cette image reste agreable,quelques element perturbe un peu derriere de pap et le fond est un peu trop present f/9 etait un peu de trop pour un sujet pris de profil de plus tu aurais gagné en vitesse!
attention aussi a l'accentuation de la netteté

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