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The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady
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Copyright: Pearl Rynjah (Pearl) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon 18-55 Kit Lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Trip to Chikmanglur - Kranataka
Date Submitted: 2012-03-30 0:53
Viewed: 2633
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello dear friends,

Good afternoon to all. Today as i was walking my dog in the morning, i saw this butterfly and made me smile :-). Here is an image of a Painted Lady captured during my trip to a place called Chikmanglur in Karnataka India. By the way this picture is dedicated to my amazing mom, Cythia Esther Rynjah Dunn...

Here are few details of the butterfly that might interest you.

Information from Wikipedia..

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 59 cm (2.03.5 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.
The 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 45 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. V. 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.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-30 1:27]

Beautiful Painted lady, good image, very colorful.. tfs.

Ciao Pearl. Very good details and natural colours. Lovely compo. Good pic considering the difficult POV.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-30 2:56]

Very good picture, I like it. Un saludo.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-03-30 3:21]
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Hello Pearl,
A fine capture of what we in Europe call the Indian Red Admiral (Vanessa indica).
For us the Painted lady is another species, Vanessa cardui.

The clarity is excellent where in focus and the POV shows fine details while it is feeding with the wings open. For a better composition I would have preferred less space on the right.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-30 3:29]

Hello Pearl,
A photo in beautiful clear colours of a beautiful butterfly in a beautiful environment. Excellent sharpness. A piece of the right side can be cropped, IMO.

Hello Pearl
Beautiful butterfly
Excellent photo, great sharpness, good colors and DOF

Hello Pearl.
Beautiful perch and details in full spreading wings. Love the markings on the wings. You did well with shallow focus and diagonal framing.
Kind regards.

and because you smiled...WE SMILE!! my favorite today!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-30 6:46]

Hello Pearl.
Excellent photo of this beautiful Vanessa.Very beautiful colours!Excellent on details!
Very good DOF too.Best regards Siggi

Ivan (Argus) has given you the right guidelines about the ID of this butterfly, Pearl. Even I was corrected by him in this respect once.
so I would say that this is a very fine capture of Vanessa indica captured from a good perspective with superb sharpness on three quarters of the subject and with wonderful details and colours on its spread out wings.
Well done and thanks for sharing this charming picture.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-30 8:15]

A very nice painted lady and a very good capture,only the wings below is a little our focus,great details and colors despite the difficult light.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Pearl,

Hope you are doing fine. I think we are meeting for the first time so nice to meet you dear.I am grateful for the visit and your comments to my painted lady photo.
As Ivan has pointed out this is not a painted lady but what matters most is the photo which has been captured in an excellent way. I wish you had named the plant too, for I do try and tell friends here about the plants as well. This Indian Red Admiral has wonderful soft, subdued colours. Thanks a lot or sharing a beauty.....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-03-30 9:09]

Hello Pearl,
A very fine picture of the Painted Lady, I suppose it is the Asian version. It looks a little bit different from our species in Europe. The picture might be a little bit too centred, but it works like this too. Nice dedication to your mum!
Kind regards

Ciao Pearl, great macro of fantastic painted lady, wonderful bright colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Well focussed vanessa shot, maybe try stoping down to f8 next time for a bit more DOF


Hello Pearl
Interesting species and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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