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White Migrant

White Migrant
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400
Exposure: f/16, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-12 4:44
Viewed: 3945
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this White Migrant (Catopsilia pyranthe) trying to hide on a dying eucalypt leaf. This is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 53mm and they are widely distributed through eastern Australia, though the majority of the population lives in Queensland. They can be found in any month, but are most numerous between January and May. As their name suggests, they are long distance migrants, however there is no regular pattern, with adults moving from north to south in autumn, occasionally reaching Sydney and rarely further south to Victoria. The species does not apparently breed at these southern locations and they either die or head back north by the end of May.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-12 6:49]

Hello Chris,
A superb pin-sharp capture of this species of Catopsilia, a new one for me. The POV, natural colours and composition on the dry eucalyptus against a contrasting OOF earthy BG make this a top class image.
TFS this and have a good weekend,

hello Chris
beautiful picture with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-12 7:56]

Hello Chris,
Very well sharp detailed photo of this White Migrant. Beautiful natural colours nicely contrasting against the darker BG. Good POV and composition.

Hi Chris,

This is a nice, simple composition that you did an excellent job with. The colour of the b-fly looks great against the blurred background, although it has a camouflage pattern with the leaf.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-12 13:35]

Hello Chris,
great macro shot of thie beautiful butterfly in nice pose with excellent sharpness and taken from pefect POV.Best regards Siggi

Hi Chris,
A nice capture of this white emigrant. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Chris,
Great photo with excellent sharpness and very good control of the exposure
TFS and have a good weekend

Hello Chris,

a very good presentd picture from this butterfly with exellent composition and pov.
fine colours.


Hi Chris,
an interesting portrait here. You had to deal with real harsh sun light, but the composition turned out very well. The picture is so suggestive, I think the butterfly even smells from Eucalyptus :-)
Best regards

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-08-17 18:26]

Bonsoir Chris,

Good shot with sharp details. Exposure is well controled showing plenty of details in highlight and shadows. Nice work and TFS.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-08-17 18:57]

Hola Chris.
Una imagen muy bien lograda de esta Mariposa de hermosos solores en sus alas, que por cierto combinan con los de la hoja en donde se posa. La iliminacion desde uno de los lados ayuda mucho para poder apreciar sus finos detalles.

Ciao Chris, great macro of lovely butterfly, beautiful design on wings well reprised with fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Very good compo for this beauty in good details and intrigant playing of light. Excellente DOF.


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