Saturday, October 11, 2008

Painted Lady/ Camera Critters

We've had cold nights and frost here, but this painted lady (Vanessa carduii) hasn't given up yet. I guess as long as the butterfly bushes close to the house still bloom, it'll carry on.

The inside of this butterfly's wings are very colourful. I spent quite a bit of time in summer trying to catch a painted lady with its wings open, but it would not cooperate. However, this one gave me ample opportunity to capture its beautiful colours. ;-)

But here you can see the outer wings are quite drab except for a touch of orange on the upper wing.

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36 comments:

Kerri said...

Fabulous Capture!!

B. Roan said...

We've been seeing a lot of these Painted ladies on our butterfly bushes, which are still blooming. Beautiful shot!

Shammickite said...

She's a beauty! Wonderful colurs on the wings on the inside but the outside is so dull... almost like Mother Nature ran out of paint!

Leedra said...

You captured this Painted Lady so well. Beautiful!

Mary said...

Amazing! I've never seen one up close, so thank you!

Jana said...

Very pretty!!! Nice capture!

babooshka said...

You still have butterflies at this time of year. Beautiful close up.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Wow! fantastic photos!

Kelly said...

My goodness, these are just fabulous photos of the beautiful butterflys! Wow!!! Great post!!

Rose said...

Well, I am feeling a bit embarrassed now...back a month or two ago I thought I had actually captured a red admiral with its wings closed...I had for sure been chasing one. I posted it and called it a red admiral.. But looking at the one photo of yours I am almost positive it was a painted lady. Boy, do I feel dumb!

Carletta said...

Coming here is always a visual treat. Today is no exception - these are excellent!
Such detail captured in the first one.
Very impressive.

Aileni said...

Just lovely, EG.

Tootie said...

Beautiful photos of the butterflies.

RuneE said...

Impressive! Only "rain"- birds around here now :-(

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am somewhat like that too. Although the butterflies give me more than adequate wing opening and closing sequences, I am always hoping to capture one flat out open and seldom do. We do not have any butterflies here except cabbage whites and not many of them. Most all flowers are gone except one or two and those are not crowded. I guess the season of beauty is over.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

How beautiful!Great capture.

bobbie said...

She is beautiful, and your photos are really wonderful. I love the butterfly bush.

Salty said...

What a beauty!

I agree with your comment on your previous post about noticing more, it really makes a difference when one is keeping an eye out for images.

June said...

Wonderful details!

ratmammy said...

these are beautiful!! and thanks for visiting!

Jeanne said...

Wow great catch and that first shot on the purple flower is particularly eye catching.

Rayne said...

Absolutely beautiful photos!

fishing guy said...

EG: What a great close-up of the Painted Lady. Those are outstanding photos.

magiceye said...

superb!!

Willard said...

Beautiful shots of another species that I have been unable to capture. Well done.

Rambling Woods said...

Wow..I am surprised that it still survives..Nice catch....

marLou said...

This one is a beauty. Great pics.

Marie said...

I love butterflies! Great capture!

dot said...

A big WOW on the butterfly pictures!!

Judi~Gmj said...

Your shot is a beauty for sure. :)
She's sporting fall colors!

Gretchen said...

That is a Great photo!

Misty Dawn said...

That first photo is one of my favorites ever! My favorite color of the flower, and I LOVE butterflies. That is GORGEOUS.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, excellent shots!

me ann my camera said...

I love Painted Ladies and how beautiful this one is. How fortune you are to have them still around; ours have disappeared ages ago. Happy Thanksgiving,
ann

Mary said...

Wow...these are so perfect! Every detail shows so clearly! Beautiful!

kbguy said...

o , tis one is so beautiful !!!

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