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Painted lady...

Painted lady...
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 54 N: 529] (3535)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D60, Sigma 17-70 mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Makro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-11 1:36
Viewed: 1082
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Painted Lady may be the most widespread butterfly in the world. It also known as the thistle butterfly and the cosmopolitan (because it is so widespread, occurring in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa). This flying insect lives in temperate and some tropical areas.

Egg: The Painted Lady begins its life cycle as an egg that is the size of a pin head. Eggs are pale green with 12 to 14 longitudinal ridges; they are laid on thistle, mallow, or hollyhock leaves. The incubation period is 3 to 5 days.

Caterpillar (larva): The caterpillar eats continually for 5 to 10 days before it pupates. The yellow-green striped, purple to black caterpillar has long spines on each segment. The caterpillar is up to 1.25 inches (3 cm) long. It builds a silky, webbed nest as it feeds, usually eating thistle, mallow, malva, hollyhock, sunflower, or canola. As the larva grows, it sheds its skin (this is called molting). The time between sheddings is called an instar; each instar has slightly different coloring.

Chrysalis (pupa): When the caterpillar has grown to the right size, it pupates. It hangs upside-down from a leaf or branch, and attaches itself with a single silken string. An adult forms from the caterpillar, whose internal structure changes completely. The chrysalis becomes almost transparent when the butterfly is about to emerge. An adult will emerge about 7 to 10 days after the chrysalis has formed.

Adult: When an adult emerges from the split chrysalis, it hangs upside down and pumps blood into its four wings, inflating them.Then it waits for its delicate wings to dry. It can fly a few hours after emerging.

The adult Painted Lady is mostly black, brown, and orange with some white spots; the underside is gray with white and red markings. The adult has a 2 - 2 7/8 inch (5.1 - 7.3 cm) wingspan. Adults sip sweet thistle and clover nectar. Adults can mate in about a week after emerging; adults only live about 2 weeks.

Migration: Adults from colder parts of North America overwinter in Mexico; adults from northern Europe migrate to North Africa and southern Europe.

Classification: Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies), Genus Vanessa, Species cardui.

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  • burak28 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 91 N: 1268] (16810)
  • [2009-09-11 1:42]
  • [2]

Hi Mariana
Beautiful butterfly macro
Impressive sharpness, colors and details
Perfect figures on the wings
Thanks for the note

This is simply flawless, Mariana!
Lovely, lovely lovely composition!
I am happy to see Painted Lady (again) :)

best regards,

Nice picture , colors and details are perfect .
Regards Zoran

Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that butterfly.
Lovely colors and light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Have a good WE!

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-09-11 10:14]
  • [2]

Hello Mariana!
Wonderful and clear portrait of Painted Lady!
great colours,lighting and textured details!
Regards and tfs

  • Great 
  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-09-11 10:39]
  • [2]

Hi Mariana,
great detail of the fantastic butterfly! Great colours, excellent composition and the framing.

Thanks and regards,

Ciao Mariana, lovely composition with splendid painted lady on a beautiful flower, great light andfantastic colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Mravka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 203 W: 0 N: 270] (8806)
  • [2009-09-11 11:41]

Hi mariana,
great macro capture, with beautiful model, nature colours, and impressive sharpness.
I like the composition too
regards, biljana

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-09-11 11:59]

Hello Mariana,

Excellent macro of the painted Lady.
Great colors and details, good sharpness an composition.
I like it, the winges are wonderfull.
Have a good week end.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-09-11 12:47]

Ciao Mariana,

This is a delicate capture, and the great
light makes the subject really look its best!
A fine macro job with accurate DoF,
resulting in excellent 3D effect...
Attractive colour palette and stunning
texture in the wings!



Hi Mariana!
great capture..
nice composition and sharpness...

A perfectsharp and clear post shot with great precision.Beautiful sharp vivid colors,nice POV and shallow DOF has made it a classic post.TFS

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-09-12 13:11]

Hello Mariana,
Wonderful macro shot.
Excellent sharpness with fine details. Splendid colours.
Very good POV.

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2009-09-30 2:52]

Hi Mariana,
I like this.
Great macro with sharp details.
The colours just seem to blend
into each other.
Well done.

Les puristes trouveront sans doute le papillon un peu trop centré sur l'image, mais je tiens à remarquer la netteté du papillon, impressionnante.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-11-02 9:27]


Brilliant macro, superb sharpness.


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