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The Lady is back


The Lady is back
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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: 2012-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-04 7:31
Viewed: 1963
Points: 40
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VANESSA 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.

VANESSA CARDUI
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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hello Luciano
very nice picture with great details nice light
and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Luciano,
great capture of this butterfly with with good sharpness and a well chosen vertical format. I also like the beautiful colours and the nice patterns on the underwing.
Best wishes,
Helmut

Hello Luciano,
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Very nice saturated colors. The exposure and the superb light makes a wonderful photo.
Thanks for sharing this very nice species of butterflies, one of my favorite......
Marius.

Hi Luciano,
beautiful warm colours. Great sharpness and composition. Very good presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-04 10:24]

Hello Luciano,
What a perfection! Great in all aspects. Very beautiful!
Regards,
Peter

Hello Luciano,
An excellent macro with fine colors, sharpness & great detail. Well presented & composed with a very nice POV. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!

Umar

Ciao Luciano.
I nostri amici (fotografi di farfalle sono tutti in vacanza a quanto pare)non sanno cosa si perdono,guarda qui che foto?Splendida,tutti i parametri sono eccellenti complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-04 11:39]

Ciao Luciano,
well this is a great classic composition, interesting positon of the butterfly antenas :) well done ! I look forward for your new photos !

Fantastic photo Luciano! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-07-04 22:52]

Hi Luciano,
Vanessa is always beautiful only this year I meet only one example. Yours is showed very correctly.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Luciano. Uo spettacolo della Natura questa Cardui fresca fresca. Perfetti i colori e super dettaglio. Non è montanara ma fa un figurone!

Roberto

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-05 4:44]

Bonjour Luciano,
Oui, elle est de retour, aussi chez nous, mais pas en très grand nombre. Une vue classique latérale, présentée comme toujours avec une parfaite netteté.
J'en ai photographiée une aussi, je la montrerai dans un futur posting.
Bon après-midi
Amitiés
Anne

Bom dia Luciano
And what a wonderful lady my Friend.Great capture with wonderful vivid colours light and contrast.Impressive sharpness as usual.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a great day!
Um abraço
J.Diogo

hello Luciano,
I was missed this beautiful picture. great picture in all respect, good composition, great sharpness, perfect colour and taken from a good PoV.
I like this picture.
with best wishes.
samiran

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-07-05 10:19]

Splendid capture in every sense, Luciano!

TFS,

Ishi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-05 10:24]

Hi Luciano,
Another great image with nice butterfly.
Nice colours with lots of sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Luciano, tornata e in gran forma la splendida signora, magnifica macro, fantastici colori e luce meravigliosa, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Congratulations on this shot of the beautiful Painted Lady. Excellent color and detail. Bill

Salut Luciano

Très belle lumière et couleurs, excellent POV
et cadrage approprié, excellent focus, netteté,
détails et contraste, TFS

Asbed

l'amato trifoglio ti ha regalato finalmente
la Cardui in posa davvero inponente
ottimo dettaglio e definizione
vedi che quando meriti le faccine verdi arrivano!
sciaou sERGIO

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