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Time of love - Colias croceus

Time of love - Colias croceus
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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: 2007-07-06
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-05 13:32
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Pieridae

Genus: Colias

Species: C. croceus

The Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, is a small butterfly of the Pieridae family, that is, the Yellows and Whites. In India it is known as the Dark Clouded Yellow to distinguish it from the other species of Clouded Yellows occurring there.Easily identifiable by the bright yellow colouring, much brighter than that of the lemon yellow male Brimstone. The upperside is golden yellow with a broad black margin on all four wings. The underside has a more greenish tint to it and lacks the black borders. In the center of the underside hindwing is an obvious white spot. Females differ from the males in having yellow spots along the black borders on the upperside. Like all Colias sp. they never open their wings at rest. In a small proportion of females the golden upperside colouration is replaced by a pale cream colour, form helice, which can be confused with the rarer Pale Clouded Yellow Colias hyale and Berger's Clouded Yellow Colias alfacariensis. Helice tends to be more heavily marked in black.Clouded Yellow's breeding range is North Africa and southern Europe and eastwards through Turkey into the Middle East but it occurs throughout much of Europe as a summer migrant, in good years individuals reaching Scandinavia. In the UK they can be seen on the south coast almost every year in varying numbers where they regularly breed. Occurrence in the rest of the UK varies considerably from year to year, but they are increasingly observed as far north as Dumfries and Galloway.Habitat
A truly migratory European butterfly, this species is famous for occasional mass migrations and subsequent breeding, which are often referred to in the United Kingdom as 'Clouded Yellow Years'. Notable clouded yellow years include 1877, 1947, 1983, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2000.
Life cycle
In southern Europe and North Africa they breed continuously throughout the year.
Eggs are laid singly on foodplant leaves.
The larvae grow fast in warm weather, sometimes pupating within a month.
Pupation lasts for two or three weeks and in good years there can be as many as three broods in a year in th UK with adults still on the wing at the beginning of November.
Clouded Yellows feed on a variety of leguminous plants. In the UK wild and cultivated clover Trifolium spp. and Lucerne Medicago sativa are favourites and less frequently, Common Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-08-05 13:35]

Bonjour Luciano
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, cadrage et couleurs. J'aime beaucoup.
Amicalement Robi

Magnífico enfoque y luz Luciano !! con una simetria muy original y efectiva. Preciosa.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-05 13:51]

Hi Luciano,

A beautiful Meadow Colias croceus. Wonderful timing to capture the moment so perfectly. Excellent colors, sharp details, great lighing, and a superb composition.


Hi Luciano,
Excellent capture of these mating Cloded Yellows with good POV and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.

ciao Luciano, composizione bella, buona colorazione e lavoro eccellente fine dei particolari…!!

hello luciano,
fine capture of the mating butterflies, well exposed, well composed shot, the image is in sharp focus with good details on the wings, the composition seems to be a bit tight for my taste,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-05 21:23]

Hi Luciano,

Nice and sharp photo! I like the way you used light for rendering wings texture and colors. Sharpness of image makes texture even more visible.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-05 22:50]

Ciao Luciano,
a well-captured couple of croceus which otherwise is a very fast and shy species.
Thus, the moment was just right to take a picture.
You focused precisely on the butterflies and managed well the bright light. This is particularly
difficult for the female against the darker background.
Thank you for all your friendly comments and best greetings,

Superb closeup with exquisite details and nice POV.
Best wishes,

Witaj Luciano,
bardzo ładny motyl w typowej jak na tę porę sytuacji. Musimy przecież coś fotografować w następnym roku;-)
Wykorzystałeś bardzo dobrze światło, przez co zachowałeś naturalne barwy.
Doskonała ostrość obiektów na pierwszym planie i rozmyte tło podkreślające sylwetki motyli - to co lubię w zdjęciach. Następnym razem zastosuj trochę szerszy kadr, bo tym razem uciąłeś motylkom czułki.
Życzę powodzenia

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-06 2:40]

Hello Luciano, This is brilliant stuff. What a great mating shot. Superb focus. Did you notice that the butterfly on the bottom is floating without any support. Amazing balancing. Ganesh

ciao Luciano,
vedo che la pozione d'amore che utilizzi per
gli insetti funziona!!!
un'altra bella cattura con l'azzurro del Ticino in BG,eccellente messa a fuoco e ottimi
complimenti sERGIO

Splendid view of these mating butterflies, Luciano.
The details and colours are vivid and pleasant.
Great composition too.
Thanks and regards.

Salut Luciano,
Couleurs très bien saturées, lumière moins forte que les photos précédentes (soleil) et netteté des papillons vraiment formidable. Par contre, j'aurais aimé avoir les antennes des papillons au complet.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-06 10:37]

Hi Luciano.
Amazing, top quality image of a very beautiful pair of butterflies. Brilliant reproduction of all tiny details of the insects and flowers. Great lights and vibrant colours, wonderful. Smooth and well detailed at the same time BG. Bravo. Perfect, very attractive picture.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-06 11:01]

Hi Luciano.. You have done very well with this one the detail and colours are first class. avery good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-06 13:11]

Hi Luciano
Well composed image.Nice POV and perfect timing.Sharp image with good detail.Fantastic text to.
TFS Michel

je fais une petite visite sur TN mais plus le temps ni le courage de diffuser avec les soucis de santé qui nous ont bloqués mon mari et moi.
bravo pour cette superbe composition de papillons, jolies couleurs nettes et de bonne qualité

hello Luciano

of your paparazzi series this one it is your most beautiful shot,
because of the beautiful colours of the butterflies,
because of the beautiful flower, and because
i love that background, lovely image of lovers !



Sei troppo avanti, mio caro Luciano!
Io combatto per riuscire a cuccare qualche bestiola e tu ne metti sempre due!
A parte gli scherzi, sei davvero bravissimo. Anche in questa foto, come nelle altre, sei riuscito a dar contezza di un mondo speciale, che è davanti a noi eppure ignoriamo.

Ciao Luciano, ormai sei pronto per essere scritturato da Riccardo Schicchi o come diavolo si chiama, macro di grande qualità, splendida la messa a fuoco e bellissimo lo sfondo, le due Colias sono rioprese che meglio non si può, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-08 11:26]

Bonsoir Luciano,
Il semble que tu aimes présenter des couples de toute sorte!Ccelui-ci a belle allure, il faut le dire. J'aime aussi le fait que tu aies intégré le paysage, dont les couleurs mettent en valeur le beau jaune des Colias-
Bien vu
Bonne soirée

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-08-29 10:16]

Exceptional capture! Very beautiful and romantic shot!

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