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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
Photo Information
Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 19:53
Viewed: 3725
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vanessa cardui (painted lady butterfly)

Geographic Range

The Painted Lady is found everywhere in the world except South America, the Arctic, and Australia.


The Painted Lady is found almost anywhere, but they tend to inhabit brightly lighted and open environments. They prefer clover fields, flowery meadows and hilly country. Marshes, dunes, and thorn scrubs also attract the Painted Lady.

Physical Description

The Painted Lady has a pointed forewing which bears a distinct white bar. The hindwing has a submarginal row of 5 tiny black dots. The upperside of the freshly emerged butterfly is orange with rose-like overtones. The underside is a mottled gray, brown, and black.


Females lay eggs on the plants their babies will eat. The caterpillars that hatch out feed continuously and molt several times. After a few weeks they transform into a pupa, go through a complete metamorphosis, and emerge as an adult butterfly. The timing of this depends on the climate, the warmer it is the faster they grow.

Breeding season

All year in the tropics, spring and summer in cooler climates.


A green, barrel-shaped egg is laid singly on a host plant. The color of the larva varies from chartreuse with black marbling to a purple with a yellow hue.


Lifespan depends on the climate, but is probably never more than one winter. Only adults survive through winter, and even then only in mild climates.


The Painted Lady is well known for its migratory behavior. It is continuously brooded and does not disperse. Adult males will perch in the late afternoon to establish and defend a territory. However, a male does not selectively perch on species of plants that serve as larval hosts. Almost always males win exclusive use of their defended areas.

Food Habits

The Painted lady consumes more than 100 different plants, some include thistles, Burdock, and Groundsel. The Larval foodplants are thistles and members of the families Asteraceae and Malvaceae.


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Hi Eduard,

Nice picture. The perfect DOF gives an interesting atmosphere to the picture.
Well seen and well done.


Hej Eduard!
Piekny motyl. Swietna kompozycja i ostrosc. Bardzo subtelne kolory.
Gartuluje - pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Eduard,
Greatly capturing this butterfly on pink flowers. Sharp, clear, and very neat image. Great details. Nice blurry BG. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-08-28 4:49]

Excelente imagen, acertado pov. la luz que incide sobre las alas de la mariposa es genial, y fg. precioso. Felicidades y saludos

Hi Eduard,
Nice shot with crisp clear image. All details are clearly seen. Posing and the light from above made this picture stand-out. Very well done.

very nice one Eduart,
I like the atmosphere in the well taken composition, the point of view is great, the quality is very good, super shot, my compliments for it.
gr. jaap

Hi Eduard,
This really looks great. The overall composition and framing are perfect. Superb isolation from the beautiful OOF backround. Nice beautiful subtle colors with sharp detail. The Painted Lady looks very regal here.

Hello Eduard, excllent colors, bg, POv DOf perfect details, very crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Salut Eduard
I just love all the greys in this picture. The pov on the butterfly is interesting and unusual. I love the way the wings appear transparent and the sharpness of theis thistles is superb.
Bravo et merci

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-08-28 9:49]

felicitari! o calitate superba a imaginei! expozitie perfecta, detalii, focus - totul la un nivel inalt. tfs

bonjour eddie
ce cliché est parfait.netteté et couleurs.
bon point de vu et le BG est bien flou.super.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-28 14:44]

Excellent composition Eduard, really.

+ composition, POV, DOF, focus, color, sharpness, notes, framing, background, lighting.

= nothing.

Congratulations and greetings... Ricardo

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-28 17:40]

Hi Eduard.
Beautiful composition. Great sharpnes, details, light, colours, BG, DOF and POV.
Well done Eduard


Hi Eduard

Very nice colours in the image. Good POV and clear detail. :-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-01 14:04]

Excellent macro again Eduard, very well composed, great background and good framing. Thanks !


Wow Eduard,

What a wonderful picture!!! The great blurry bg makes that picture so soft and pretty! I like very much the unusual pose of the butterfly! Great composition too by having the flowers within the frame... EXCELLENT WORK!!!



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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-31 14:37]
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This is a beautiful Painted Lady with an outstanding POV and a very pleasing background. The composition is perfect, Details in butterfly are excellent. I really like the way the natural light gives the wings a glow from underneath.

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