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Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies 2, Butterflies and Moths of TURKIYE (TURKEY) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-06 4:18
Viewed: 3953
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 80
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Clouded Yellow

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colias
Species: C. croceus

Binomial name
Colias croceus

Regular migrant
The Clouded Yellow is one of the truly migratory European butterflies and a regular visitor to Britain and Ireland. Although some of these golden-yellow butterflies are seen every year, the species is famous for occasional mass immigrations and subsequent breeding, which are fondly and long remembered as 'Clouded Yellow Years'. A small proportion of females are pale yellow (form helice), which can be confused with the rarer Pale and Berger's Clouded Yellows.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: not assessed
Butterfly Conservation priority: not assessed
European threat status: not assessed

European/world range
North Africa and southern Europe and eastwards through Turkey into the Middle East. It occurs throughout much of Europe as a summer migrant, but very few individuals reach Scandinavia.

A range of leguminous plants is used, including wild and cultivated clovers (Trifolium spp.), Lucerne (Medicago sativa), and less frequently, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).

Clouded Yellows may be seen in any habitat, but congregate in flowery places where the larval foodplants grow. As clovers are still commonly cultivated, the Clouded Yellow is one of the few butterfly species that has no difficulty locating breeding habitat in the modern farmed countryside. In southern England there is a preference for unimproved chalk downland.
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Notes are from : http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/species/bdata/clouded_yellow.html

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2006-03-06 4:29]

Merhaba Fikret: Great beauty in the details of their antennas, proboscis, their wings, their pleats, the veins and the thorax and hairy abdomen. The color of the bottom contrasts and it combines perfectly well with the wings of the butterfly and with the border orange that to delineate beautifully respectively to its wings. The composition is very beautiful and rich in colors and details very well achieved in all its elements from the flower until the butterfly. Saludos Cordiales. *Peri* - *Ninfa Urania*

Hello Fikret, this is a brilliant picture!
Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and wonderful colours. Fantastic work! Well done, my friend. Thank you for posting. Have a great week.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-06 4:50]

Hello Fikret!
Very nice close up.Colors,clear details,sharpness,POV,
simple BG,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-06 4:53]

Amaising photo of this beautiful Pieridae!
Perfect on everything!
Wonderful photo indeed!
Above scale!
Keep on going and TFS!

Simply wonderful

Hello Fikret!
First of all I wanna congratulate you for the superb shot.Very close up. Beautiful image with good colors, POV, sharpness, clear details, composition, framing and you have caught. TFS. Have nice days...

Good subject, good composition and details. Well done.

Hello Fikret,
Congratulations with this beautiful picture!
Very good picture with superb colours and soft background.
Very good on details.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-06 6:24]

Hello Fikret,
The clarity and colors are wonderful. The unobtrusive background shows off the subject to it's best advantage. Great note too, thank you.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-06 7:25]

Wooow ! What a lovely and interesting butterfly that you have very well captured ! Great DOF and sharpness ! I also appreciate the instructive note... Congratulations Fikret and thanks for sharing.

Hi Fikret,
this is beautiful, both the butterfly and the BG.
Lovely colours, good compostion and details.
Excellent work.

Hi Fikret,
WOW! this is a superb photo! Very beautiful colors in this perfect exposure. Detail is very sharp, and you control on the DOF is perfect. Great OOF backround isolates the subject well. Flawlessly composed and framed. Outstanding work!

Nice detail, good comp.


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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-03-06 11:29]

Very nice composition and good, natural colours. Just a little noise in the background (easily corrected) and slight blurring of the wing edges and proboscis - slow shutter speed?
Thanks, Nigel.

Hi Fikret,
wow, the colours are wonderful.
And this little butterfly is soooo cute, I like the colour so much, like a field with a orange flower. Excellent sharpness and arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

la couleur verte de ce papillon est splendide.
tres bons details et good POV.

Brilliant capture Fikret,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Excellent capture.Fabulous depth,colours and detail.

Beautiful composition with an excellent exposure shows us excellent detail and colors, the nice soft background is very complimentary to the subject. :)

Wonderfull picture, only the end of the wings are a little unsharp because of movement i think. Great detail and TFS


Excellent shot!The bg really makes the butterfly stand out!
Well done...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-06 20:34]

A beauty, this one, Fikret.
The colors on it are just exquisite.
Excellent sharpness and light.
Beautiful BG. TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-06 21:49]


Excellente composition aux couleurs tendres et douces. Félicitations pour le bel éclairage et le Bg propre et harmonieux.

Merci Fikret!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-06 22:06]

Fikret, a perfect beauty, a perfect beauty.

I do enjoy colors, pov, composition, the blurred bg and sharpness.

Excellent pov and saturation.

A pleasure to check.


Another wonderful capture! Excellent sharpness and amazing colors! Beautiful OOF background and nice composition and POV. Thanks for sharing!

Pin sharp, well done, Beautiful!!!

Hello Fikret,

Beautifully photographed, lovely butterfly. Colours, bg, pov are all great.


Hi, Fikret.
This is superb capture! All technical parameters are top and additionally it's just nice. Very colorful butterfly.

Hello Fikret,
It's a very nice shot. I like its clearness and colours. The DOF seems to be slightly shallow, but you have some good details there.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-07 20:25]

Absolutely beautiful ! Very good lighting, well composed, good DOF. Very good work Fikret.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-07 23:05]

Fikret, this is just beautiful! He looks so pretty sitting there on the flower. Excellent colours and details, well done. TFS

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-08 18:31]

Hi Fikret,
What a great capture!
Excellent composition, very sharp and detailed,'
nice colour and good DOF.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-10 19:27]

Hi Fikret.
Magnific capture, very nice calis colors and good details and composition, I like the pose butterfly.

Thanks and I wait more photos ,tips, critiques and comments.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

that shot of Colias croceus is outstanding!
Excellent light, shaping and highlighting the finest details of body and wings.
Very good, naturalistic, soft colours.
A beautifully well set off neutral BG with well fitting subdued colours.
And the flower getting into the picture in a light and tender curve - superb!
Thank you for that very pretty contribution.
My congratulations. Best regards,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-30 13:41]

Hi Fikret,

The colours in this butterfly are marvellous. Also great composition and great background.


Hello Fikret!
Very nice shot, clear, with well controlled backcground, good light, perfect details and excellent accompanying note.
Best greetings,

great macro! Beautiful colours, details, composition, DOF, light ...
Thanks Ana:)

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-04-19 21:44]

Hi, Fikret!
Your butterfly is real splendour! You have captured great detail and color. The sharpness of the focus is beond compare!

Hi fikret ,

A great shot of this colourfull butterfly , composition and sharpness are great.



Hi Fikret,
this is a nice picture!
Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and wonderful colours.


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