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Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly
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Copyright: Vanda Golfetto (vanda) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-19
Categories: Nature, Macro
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & C. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-27 4:06
Viewed: 2563
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae.
It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe.
Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in. Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wingfrom which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.
The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.
The common name “Monarch” was first published in 1874 by Samuel H. Scudder because “it is one of the largest of our butterflies, and rules a vast domain”. But the name may be in honour of King William III of England.

I took this picture into the butterflies' house in Montegrotto Terme (Padova).

Camera: DMC FZ28
Exposure: f/4,4- 1/125 seconds
ISO 320
Auto mode

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-10-27 4:17]

Hi Vanda,
You've captured a beauty here!
Great green blurry background!


  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-10-27 4:17]
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Ahaha...I am here in the right time.
Olá Vanda.
I see you have change the theme...but sharpness, good colors persist.
Full of colors and very well framed...and I like very much the blur of green bg.
lovely nature photo.
Have a good day.
Um abraço

Hi Vanda,

Nicely captured and presented. I like the way the main body of the butterfly is right of centre with the flower falling diagonally away to the bottom right. Great DoF too to really bring out your main focal point.

Nice work,


Hello VAnda

Love the framing in this one. I see so many images of butterflys I get imune to them. But you caught my eye with this one. Nice work


Hi Vanda,
Very nice caught of view with beautiful colors and light,
nice contrast presented with a beautiful frame,
good sharpness too,

a simple but awesom capture with clarity and sharpness of focus,shallow DOF makes a pleasant bokeh in BG.TFS

Hi Vanda,
A gift to be admired by the viewer!
Wonderful blurred bg, beautiful colors and very good contrast.

Hi Vanda,

Good captured and well sharpness.
Good Color Composition and DOF.
Good POV,

Javed raza

Dear Vanda
good capture of a pretty butterfly. very clear details and sharp colors.
nicely sitting on a flower.
fine contrast. the blurry BG enhances the beauty.
I Like the frame too.

Hi Vanda,
Wonderful butterfly with exelent fokus, colours and details...
Best regards

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-10-27 9:59]

HI Vanda, wonderful close up of th is beautiful butterfly.Perfect blurry bg, nicely framed.An eye catcher indeed.
Regards Rose

Hi Vanda,
A breathtaking shot of this lovely monarch where you so beautifully composed her in this beautiful frame,the creamy bokeh with contrast colors makes it one wonderful presentation of the butterfly photography,very well done my friend.
Best regards

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-10-27 23:28]
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Hi Vanda...
I must say: Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...

Ciao Vanda
Très jolie macro avec un bel effet de contraste sur le BG flou clair.Belle présentation comme toujours.Bravo dear Vanda!Amitiés.Catherine

What a wonderful closeup capture from a lovely Monarch butterfly with such nice details, Vanda!
Great colors and perfect sharpness, whereas the blurry smooth BG gives well contrast to your subject.
I like the suitable frame too.
Well done!


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-10-28 4:50]

Hi Vanda,
Blurred BG enhances the sharpness and
the beauty of this butterfly 100%. A
beautifull macro shot.
Have a nice day.

Hello Vanda,

Not what I was expecting, which was another artistic creation. However, I am not disappointed for this is an excellent capture of the monarch butterfly, clearly displaying its spotty body and elegant, complemetery wings.
The flower, emerging from the corner is a lovely, compositional touch and leads nicely to the butterfly. The bokeh is a treat!

My warmest regards,
Bev :-)

Ciao Vanda
Impressive butterfly macro
Fantastic details and colors
Take care

Hello Vanda,

Félicitations pour cette composition aérienne.
Beau placement de la fleur et son doux papillon.
Grande netteté sur ce BG verdoyant;
Bravo pour ceci si bien présenté.
Bon Week-end.

Ciao Vanda,

Awesome macro of this pretty Monarch b-fly. Greatly composed and excellent use of the DOF and light. Great work MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-11-01 22:15]

Hi dear Vanda,
what a lovely butterfly.I liked its colors so much.Great maco and great details.I liked naturel framing also.Congratulations.Necla.

Hi Vanda. Great shot at this beautiful monarch in nice perch. Thanks for sharing and best regards - Jusni

Hey Dear VANDA!
I must say WOOOOOOOOOOOW! THis is an amzing shot of this wonderful butterfly. Today I have uploaded one from butterfly as well but that cannot be as beautiful and well capture as yours.
Beautifully placed in frame with beautiful sharpness and nice vivid colors. Lovely contrasts, clarity and bokeh in BG.

TFS, indeed a fantastic shot!

Best regards,

Bonjour Vanda,

Un papillon aux détails délicats superbement entouré de verdure qui lui permettent de ressortir de façon délicieuses!!!

Hello Vanda,

A beautiful macro with very nice colors, excellent shot and nicely framed.
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Greetings Yanda,

I agree with all the compliments on this lovely photo. Your framing is wonderful as well.

I'm so glad to see your work and get to know you.


Ciao Vanda, fantastica macro, alla casa delle farfalle di Montegrotto ci sono stato anch'io e so bene che le condizioni di luce non sono ottimali, te la sei cavata alla grande, la magnifica Monarca sembra proprio ripresa in un ambiente naturale, magnifica luce, ottimi dettagli, splendida nitidezza e meravigliosi colori, bravissima, ciao Silvio

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