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Say goodbye to the Queen


Say goodbye to the Queen
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-13
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-13 9:19
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Points: 54
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A fresh Painted Lady taken today....but from tomorrow the weather forecast are very bad...winter is coming..say goodbye to the Queen...

Una fresca Vanessa Cardui fotografata oggi...ma da domani le previsioni parlano di un crollo delle temperature...l'inverno e' in arrivo...salutate la Regina.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Nymphalidae

Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Tribe: Nymphalini

Genus: Vanessa

Subgenus: Cynthia

Species: V. (C.) cardui

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America as the Cosmopolitan.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 annabella).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.Painted Lady butterflies are popular for many pre-school and kindergarten classes to raise in schools to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. Painted ladies are very popular with children. They are used in many science fair projects. Several insect distribution companies such as Insect Lore include Painted Lady caterpillars in their catalogue of live insects for ordering.The egg takes 3 to 5 days to hatch. The caterpillar takes 7–11 days to turn into a chrysalis. It takes 7–11 days for the chrysalis to turn into a butterfly. It doesn't stay in one area so long. The painted lady butterfly moves 1000 miles in its life. Its wing span is 2 in. The painted lady caterpillar is black with spiked skin.The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Asteraceae, especially Carduus crispus (as implied by the species name cardui – Latin for "of the thistles"). Also, Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow Malva neglecta), and a number of Fabaceae are eaten. The adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle, butterfly bush (Buddleja), asters, Tickseed sunflowers (Bidens) and zinnias.

La Vanessa del cardo è farfalla di dimensioni rispettabili, raggiungendo una apertura alare di circa 60mm, ed è una delle più note e studiate in assoluto, non solo nella nostra fauna.
La sua fama è dovuta al fatto di essere una notevole migratrice che, grazie alla potenza del suo volo, può compiere degli spostamenti enormi; infatti, con l’esclusione del Sudamerica, si può rinvenire in tutto il mondo.Le sue abitudini la portano a frequentare soprattutto terreni incolti e prati fioriti, in località molto calde ed assolate, ma anche radure e margini dei boschi,come pure giardini e parchi urbani, sia in pianura che in montagna, fino al limite estremo della vegetazione.
La sua abbondanza è estremamente variabile di anno in anno, così che può essere da sporadica a molto comune, come avviene in alcune annate, in relazione ai flussi migratori.A seconda dei climi presenta una o più generazioni annue, dalla primavera alla tarda estate, e si riproduce anche alle nostre latitudini, tramite gli individui che giungono annualmente dalle zone più calde. I bruchi si nutrono di diverse essenze, con una spiccata predilezione per le Carduacee, nonché per le ortiche.

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Bellisima foto, que imponente se ve esa mariposa, y excelente información.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-13 9:23]

Very good macro, great colors and details!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-13 9:24]

Hello Luciano,
great close up shot, wonderful colors! Nice DOF and so nice the butterfly landed on such a pretty flower to contrast it as well. Nicely done. TFS
Best regards Siggi

A classic shot, Luciano!
Very well seen and framed!
The OOF BG is a work of art!
Bravo!
Goldy

Luciano
Wonderful Painted lady,great and sharp details.
Lovely colors,POV,BG!
Mariana

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-13 9:35]

Slav Lûcîano,
Very nice capture of this painted lady with excellent sharpness,colors and POV.Perfect details and composition.TFS and regards,
Dûrzan

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-13 9:38]

Hello Luciano,
This is a lovely queen to say good-bye to!
This Painted Lady is fresh-looking and well taken with her wings open with excellent sharpness and colours in a nice frame-filling composition.
Thanks and we look forward to her return next year!
All the best,
Ivan

hello Luciano
one amazing goodbye,very good output in this full colours splendid close up photo!
TFS
Nasos

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-10-13 10:03]

Good bye beautiful queen...

Excellent shot, Luciano! Hope nice weather returns soon...

Cheers!

Ishi

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-13 10:35]

Ciao Luciano,
Cosa macro! Eccezionale gioco.
Splendid colori.

Una splendida serata,
Adrian

Hello Luciano,
Lovely painted lady in a beautiful composition with splendid light and wonderful details.

Best wishes,
Alina

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-13 11:26]

Hi Luciano. Its been a very good year for the Painted Lady . You have taken some first class pictures of them this summer. Once more you have taken this beauty with fine detai land such natural colours. from this top POV we can see every litle marking. very well taken. TFS.
Nick..

Hello Luciano,

A fantastic macro with beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Regards

Umar

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-10-13 11:48]

Hi Luciano!

It's always a pleasure to look at a Painted Lady, especially when it is taken in such a fine manner like you did. The sharpness is perfect and the richness of the details is impressive. Today, I also could feel the first signs of winter, it was quite cold up in the mountains...

Kind regards

Markus

Ciao Luciano,
oggi ne ho viste molte e ho fatto qualche scatto mentre erano posate sugli astri selvatici, sì, forse si stanno godendo le ultime giornate di sole e poi voleranno verso lidi migliori; una macro con la quale hai voluto sintetizzare la straordinaria bellezza di questa "Regina" con una definizione eccellente e colori luminosi in una composizione perfetta.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-10-13 12:48]

Ciao Luciano,
strong light but well managed, hard at the limit on the right wings.
Sharpness is excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-10-13 13:05]

Hello Luciano,
I don't think that is last photo Painted Lady this year. This beautiful species here is also perfect sharp , vivid colours, nice blurred BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-13 13:53]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo in excellent sharpness and details. Good DOF, natural colours and composition. Maybe it need a bit more space in front.
TFS and regards,
Peter

Wow, what a superb capture of Painted Lady, Luciano!
I like the great contrast between the colors of the butterfly and the flowers. The blurry BG enhances the beauty of the shot. The sharpness and POV are perfect.
Great composition!

Thank you for your wonderful work!

best regards,
Paras

Precise detail and sharpness Luciano. Colors are very natural in superb lighting. Excellent!

Larry

Hi Luciano.
Excellent catch and very clear details on the wings...Perfect pose and beautiful picture.... Well done....
Regards..
Leyla.

hello Luciano

with your new bridge camera this photo is the best one,
it has a DSLR image quality, shot with fine POV,
beautiful luminosity, superb focus with great sharpness and details,

TFS

Asbed

Ciao Luciano, onore alla regina, bellissima ad ali spiegate e splendida nei colori, ottima macro con magnifici dettagli, certo che quest'anno ne abbiamo viste un polverio, ma è sempre una signora farfalla, poi co sto freddo cane che è venuto qui da noi solo esemplari ibernati:), ciao Silvio

Ciao amico Luciano,

Beautiful macro capture of this lady from top POV with impeccable clarity and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day!
Cheers,

Bayram

La stagione della Vanessa si conclude con una macro luminosa e dai colori brillanti. Eccellente nitidezza e composzione giustamante imponente per omaggiare la regina del 2009.

Roberto

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-14 5:59]

Hi Luciano,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Painted Lady with immaculate sharpness, colours and details on its wings. Superb POV and DOF and the natural light is handled too well here. Excellent composition. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

bonjour Luciano
cette photo est un petit chef-d'oeuvre, tant par sa netteté que par ses couleurs et la superbe luminosité qui rend les ailes brillantes
sa parfaite pose nous montre tout ses beaux dessins
j'espère que l'année prochaine on verra autant de cette superbe Belle-dame que cette année
Passe une bonne nuit
Jacqueline

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-16 7:20]

Hi Luciano,
wow...such a lovely shot in great presentation. thew fully spread wings give a good view. The sharpness and details are splendid.
Skilful presentation and composition is a wonder.
Well done.

Regards,
Foozi

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