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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/223 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 2:59
Viewed: 3592
Points: 24
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Painted Lady

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, known in North America as the Cosmopolite.

It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa anabella).

The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Compositae (especially thistle), Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow (Malva neglecta), and a number of legumes. The adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars, more commonly the favored thistle, butterfly bush (Buddleia), asters, Tickseed sunflowers (Bidens) and zinnias.

Distinguishing features
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span can range from 2 - 2 7/8 inches long) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly orange wings.

The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large eyespots on the ventral side, whereas cardui has four small eyespots. virginiensis also features a small white dot within the orange subapical field. which shows on both the dorsal and ventral sides. A less reliable indicator is the row of spots on the submarginal hindwing; while cardui typically has a row of small black spots, virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. In its summer form, however, cardui also sometimes has small blue pupils, so it is the two larger spots which best distinguish virginiensis.

The West Coast Lady (V. anabella) does not have obvious ventral eyespots. On the dorsal side, anabella lacks the distinctive white dot of virginiensis, and is a deeper, more consistent orange than both virginiensis and cardui; anabella has a fully orange subapical band and leading edge on the forewing, while in the other species these areas are often pale or tinged with white. The submarginal row of hindwing spots in anabella features three or four blue pupils. The two larger pupils in anabella are the inner spots, rather than the outer spots as in virginiensis.

The Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi) is similar to V. cardui. However, its four ventral eyespots are less clearly defined, and it always sports at least three (often four) blue pupil spots on its dorsal hindwing. A major food plant is Ammobium alatum.

Info from wikipedia.com

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-27 3:15]

Guten Morgen Heinz,
genau in meiner kleinen Arbeitspause stellst du diese schön gezeichnete Lady ins Netz. Wie immer gute schärfe über die gesamte Flügelfläche sowie ein nicht störender Hintergrund. Bildauschnitt und Blickwinkel sind ausgezeichnet.
Einen schönen Tag noch, Peter

Hello Heinz, nice shot, really colorfull and details.
Good notes.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-27 4:15]

Hello Heinz,
Wonderful butterfly close up.Colors,simple BG,POV,cross framing and composition are excellent.

Ciao Heinz,
bella foto, ottimi i colori ed i dettagli, bravo!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-27 5:15]

Hi Heinz

Superb close up of the beautiful Painted Lady, nice POV with a lovely classic compositon and pose, the colours are beautiful.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-27 6:26]

Hi Heinz

Another splendid butterfly post from you!
And what a nice composition it makes... :)
The details of your shot are impecable, the colors very beautiful and the DOF simply excellent. Also great POV, framing and light.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-27 6:39]

A very beautiful shot of this splendid butterfly, Heinz! The details are nice, clear and sharp. And the colours are quite pretty, Well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-27 7:22]

Very nice sharp shot showing the pattern and colour of the Painted Lady really well. It stands out beautifully from the background.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Heinz,
An excelllent diagonal composition on this beautiful Painted Lady. Perfect exposure has brought all the colors and intricate detail to their fullest. Excellent camera work my friend. Very Beautiful.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-27 9:14]

Buen foco, agudeza y agradable POV para mostrar una de las mariposas por todos conocida.
Me agrada la composición despegando al insecto del fondo creando un efecto de profundidad muy adecuado.
Saludos amigo mío... Ricardo

Good focus, sharpness and pleasant POV to show one of those butterflies for all known.
I like the composition detaching the insect of the bottom creating a very appropriate effect of depth.
Regards my friend... Ricardo

Ready for take-off ...
Hallo Heinz,
wunderschön und er hat sich für Dich wie ein Model drapiert!
Es ist so schade daß sie jetzt nach und nach alle von der Bildfläche verschwinden. Mir war der Sommer zu schnell vorbei.
Im Juli war's zu heiß, im August zu regnerisch, im September sehr windig, und jetzt sind keine Insekten mehr da!!!
Aber zum Glück haben wir alle noch viele Bilder in unseren Archiven ;-)
Viele Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Heinz,
Well composed frame and a very good POV.
Nice color, exposure, and detail, and the b-fly looks great on this well OOF BG green :)
Nicely done & TFS!

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