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Vanessa cardui

Vanessa cardui
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-05 21:31
Viewed: 1943
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I posted a picture of this butterfly recently with a sense of elation that I had found it in north India. Argus (Ivan) confirmed its ID as Vanessa cardui.
Today I'm posting another picture of it from a different perspective. Hope you like it.

Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the Painted Lady, or in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.


V. cardui is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. 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).


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-05 23:10]

An excellent view that not only confirms its ID but shows its beauty when resting with the wings closed.
Once again you have used the lighting in a fine way, its features shown with nice clarity and fine natural colours against a dark natural BG so that it shines with its beauty.
Nice one Ram, and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards,

PS: I wonder if this is and Indian ssp of cardui?

Hi Ram,
beautiful butterfly. Nice colours. Very good use of light.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-05-06 1:26]

Hello Ram,
beautiful image with very good light and sharpness. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-06 1:43]

Hello Ram.
Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness. I like the posture of the butterfly and your angle for the shot, POV and DOF. Very neatly composed.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Very nicely composed & done.

TFS & best wishes!



Ciao Ram. Amazing playing of light and good colours. Lovely compo. Vanessa cardui. So rare in Italy during last two years. TFS.


Hello Ram,
nice capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and a well chosen POV. I also like the splendid light to show the patterns of the underwing in natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ram
Beautiful capture of this wonderful butterfly.Great POV and composition,wonderful colours and lighting.Excellent sharpness.Congrats!
Have a good Sunday!
Best regards

Ciao Ram, splendid light on lovely butterfly, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-06 16:02]

Hi Ram,an excellent work in a difficult light and position,very good details and natural colors,waiting this specie in my country,it's nice to see a preview from your!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

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