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The Lady has arrived.

The Lady has arrived.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-23 18:00
Viewed: 4506
Points: 28
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The Lady has arrived.

Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Painted Lady
La Belle Dame
Bella dama
Bella Dama o Cardero

Family: Nymphalidae
Ordo: Lepidoptera

Wingspan 55 - 60mm.

A native butterfly of Southern Europe and Africa. Does not hibernate in Europe north of the Alps but can be seen as a regular visitor each year to all over Europe, the UK, Ireland, even Iceland.

In central Europe, migrant butterflies arrive in large numbers with southwestern winds in May - like on May 20, 2006 in Lower Austria - as shown.

The offspring of freshly arrived migrants can be seen in the northern parts of Europe in two to three generations from May to October. Caterpillars feed on thistles, and nettles. Not clear to me whether there is a migration back to the south in Autumn or not. According to literature, hibernation is not successful in the usual cold winters north of the Alpine chain in Europe.

Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, Macro Zoom 50mm, F/6.7, 1/250 sec, ISO-100, 20.05.2006, 13:23

For another face to face encounter, please see:

Thank you for looking.
Have a good day!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-23 18:12]

hi peter
good composition. POV, colours, details and note are great. thanks for sharing

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-05-23 18:49]

Hi Peter, very good sharp macro photo, excellent composition, Juan

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-23 21:25]

Hi Peter, good shot of the b'fly on the ground. Well positioned and a good composition. Colours and details all look good too. Well done,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-24 3:34]

Excellent photo of this beauty!
Also common in Portugal.
Very good POV!
Very good on colours!
Perfect DOF and stunning details!
5* and TFS!

A pristine individual on a very contrasting background. The composition is quite subtle, combining a front view, with a good show of the wings. Good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-05-24 4:04]

Hi Peter!
Very fast Lady! I didn't saw any this year in my place. Very nice photo with good POV and details. Muddy BG isn't maybe perfect, but butterfly itself looks great.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-05-24 5:04]

Hallo Peter, not rare but well presented. The margins of the fore-wings just divide the picture in two equal triangles. The important one is filled with the vivid colours painted on this lady.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-24 5:07]

Hello Peter,
Excellent painted lady capture.POV,cross framing,details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-24 5:59]

Hello Peter, very nice macro; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent ! TFS

Hallo Peter, diesen Burschen habe ich dieses Jahr noch nicht erspäht. Aber ich hoffe. ;-)
Gelungene Komposition eines sehr schönen Edelfalters. Natürliche Farben, tadellose Schärfe und ein schöner Bildaufbau. Ich woll´t das Foto wäre meins. (habe noch kein zufriedenstellendes Distelfalterfoto)Auf jeden Fall vielen Dank für das schöne Foto. Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen "Vatertag".

Hi Peter

Lovely shot with good depth of colour, POV and clarity. Nicely composed with the quality spot on. Thanks.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-24 17:40]

Hi Peter,
Perfect shot: very sharp, exact light, very good POV, well composed and very well shown. Good photo.
José M.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-25 9:44]
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Hi Peter
A lovely lady it is, well captured and presented. The composition looks good with the diagonal positioning and frontal POV. The colours are very natural and the details are crispy and sharp. Although the BG is rather difficult when photographing an insect sitting on the ground I think this one worked out quite good. The darkish earthy colour actually enhances the butterfly very well. The exposure was also well managed.
Great work and TFS.

Hi Peter,

Excellent shot.
Very good composition, colors, details and POV.
Well seen & well done!

TFS :-)

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