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White Petticoat

White Petticoat
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cibershot H2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-13 7:47
Viewed: 3996
Points: 36
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Nymphalis antiopa

Nymphalis antiopa, known as the Mourning Cloak in North America and the Camberwell Beauty in the British Isles, is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America. The immature form of this species is sometimes known as the spiny elm caterpillar. Other older names for this species include Grand Surprise and White Petticoat. A powerful flier, this species is sometimes found in areas far from its usual range during migration. It is also the State Insect of Montana.

Nymphalis antiopa has a wingspan of 62–75 mm. The upper side of the butterfly is colored in a very dark red, with a bright, yellowish border around the wings. There is a darker band with bright blue spots between the border and the dark red inner side. Sexes are similar, although the females are slightly larger.

These butterflies lay eggs in clusters around twigs of their favored food plants, in Europe, generally Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) and in North America, generally Black Willow (Salix nigra) but also other willow species, as well as poplar, elm, birch, and hackberry. The larvae feed gregariously, and are black and spiny, with fine white speckles, and a row of red spots running down the back. They disperse to pupate and emerge after about three weeks. Soon after emergence, they will disperse further from their breeding grounds in order to find food (sometimes nectar, but more commonly tree sap) to build up fat stores for hibernation, and will often enter parks and gardens to do so. They are single-brooded and hibernate as adults.

Throughout its range, this species is generally considered a butterfly of woodlands, though it may occasionally be found in drier areas such as the deserts of western North America. During migration, they may be found in almost any habitat.

In North America, N. antiopa ranges from the northern tundra to central Mexico. It is also found throughout continental Europe to eastern Siberia and Japan. Migrants arrive in Great Britain most years during summer and autumn, but numbers are usually very low. There is no evidence that the species breeds in Britain; it is thought that mild, wet winters prevent them from surviving there for very long. The 'Butterfly Farmer' L. Hugh Newman raised thousands for release at his 'farm' in Bexley, but none were seen the following spring. Specimens stored in his refrigerator for the winter survived however.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-13 8:11]

Hello Septimiu,
A fine capture of a springtime N. antiopa taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting. I like the composition on the curved branch against a fine OOF natural BG.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-13 8:18]

Hello Nemes,
Very beautiful picture. Very sharp details captured along with very nice exposure. Interesting BG and well composed.

Best regards Siggi

hello Nemes
super colours
great sharpness
nice composition on the tree
great shot
greeting lou

salut septimiu!
O poza destul de reusita! Detalii bune, culori naturale, focalizare buna si contrast fain! Interesanta aceasta specie, inca nu am avut okzia sa o intalnesc.
Toate cele bune!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-02-13 8:45]

Este o fotografie reusita despre aceasta specie. M-am chinuit foate mult cu Sony DSC F 707 cs sa ajung la rezultate bune, din cauza contrastului in culori.
Numai bine

Hi Septimiu, wonderful capture of lovely butterfly (I see only one time) with good details and great sharpness, beautiful composition with splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-13 10:44]

Hi Nemes. i like the POV that you have taken this one .So we can see the top of the wings. with all of the rich colours and markings. And the OOF BG . well done TFS. Interesting notes too.
Have aa good weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-13 11:00]

Hi Septimiu,

This is a butterfly I have not seen before. I love the pose on the curved branch. The colors are deep and rich. An interesting background and a nice composition.


hello Septimiu
I like the composition of this butterfly sitting on this branch
Beautiful colors, lighting and blurred BG
very well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-13 13:03]

Hello Septimiu,
I didn't see the Mourning Cloak at all last year so I really appreciate seeing it here!! It is a beautiful butterfly and you captured it in a lovely pose while settled on a branch. Excellent details and lovely natural colours. A very fine background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Septimiu,
a beautiful picture of Nymphalis antiopa taken from an excellent POV, the sharpness is very good, beautiful colours in a nice composition.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

Merhaba Nemes,kanat kenarları ne güzel süslenmiş beyaz renkler.Harika bir kontrast,güzel bir kompozisyon,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Septimiu, another masterpiece work from you MF!. This butterfly also is a new for me. You captured it so perfectly from dorso-lateral pov providing all details of upperwings.
TFS and hva a nice WE and Valentine's Day!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-13 14:40]

Hi Septimiu,i never seen a butterfly like that in my country,a great point of view and perfects details and colors,beautiful background too,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-14 0:51]

Salut Septimiu
O poza reusita cu detalii bune si BG bine ales.
Numai bine.

Hi Nemes,
A nice capture of this beautiful butterfly "Mourning Cloak". Light is a bit harsh in my view. But I think still then a good capture with sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-14 10:25]

foarte faina specia. parca ti l-am mai vazut intr-o compilatie de imagini. sper sa ma intalnesc si eu cu el.

Hi Septimiu,

Very good looking petticoat perched well on that beautiful curvy branch. Nice display with good details of the markings on the wings. Very good framing in excellent exposure.

TFS and best regards,

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