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A beautiful lady

A beautiful lady
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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: 2013-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-21 1:12
Viewed: 1833
Points: 40
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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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-21 1:18]

Hello Luciano,
wonderful shot of a beautiful butterfly,with very fine POV, DOF and framing, for this image too.I love the excellent density of the colours with the excellentdensity of the beautiful luminosity, superb sharpness and Details.Regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-21 1:20]

Hi Luciano,
Another very beautiful macro of a butterfly. Splendid clarity and colours in brilliant sharpness and details. Together with the perfect composition and good DOF this is a little masterpiece.

Hi Luciano
蝴蝶照的很美麗 也很清新
真令人目不接暇 真得很美

Hi Luciano,
This time I don't write about the excellent light management and the breathtaking composition. I only write one sentence: although it's not even noon here in Ireland when I type this, the image is already the 'photo of the day' to me! Unbelievable quality! Mesmerizing.
Best regards, László

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly.Great capture.Nice design on wings with splendid sharpness.Well composition.Noiseless BG is really attractive.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Ciao Luciano,
Che dettagli per questo stupendo esemplare di vanessa. Composizione molto attraente. Buona domenica.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-07-21 5:15]

Bonjour Luciano,
Une belle dame, vraiment! et superbement photographiée dans ce décor naturel et bien vert. L'usage du flash était judicieux ici. Je n'ai vu cette espèce cette année qu'une seule fois.
Je vais partir demain pour une semaine à Vienne.

Hello Luciano

She is very beautiful this Lady and being among
the flowers it is rendering it more beautiful,
with fine POV to show its beautiful patterns,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


hallo Luciano
great sharpness composition with good detaild nice light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano, dopo la grande invasione di qualche anno fa dalle mie parti è diventata una rarità, gran bella macro, splendidi colori, fantastica nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Wow!this is great,an outstanding composition with amazing clarity and sharpness.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-21 17:02]

Hi Luciano
lovely color in good smooth and pretty contrast. The flowers too are pretty making the whole composition so pretty.
Very nice work.


Great photo Luciano! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-21 23:44]

Beautiful indeed, Lady and photograph. The setting is gorgeous, too!

Well done!


Hi Luciano,
Perfectly composed Good sharpness and lovely colors.

Hallo Luciano
Splendid capture of this Vanessa cardui. Beautiful composition and great sharpness. It's real pleasure to look at all these colours and patterns. The image as a whole reminds me of Spring and lots of happiness. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Bonjour Luciano,

Les fleurs aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Vanesse du chardon. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Indeed and beautiful lady. An excellent picture with bright colors


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-22 10:21]

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful photo of this Vanessa cardui.
Excellent details, colours and composition.
Regards Jiri.

Wow! Luciano. This just dances with colours. The lighting is perfect. POV is fantastic and you've framed it just right. The best part is the focus right on the butterfly. Great eye Luciano. TFS Trevor

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