Vanessa atalanta

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Vanessa atalanta (The Red Admiral / Atalanta of Admiraalvlinder) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. In Belgium this species normally can be found from the last week of july till mid oktober, but this year they seem to be a bit more early - probably due to the extra warm first half of july... I don't mind :-) For me this is the typical summer-butterfly ! Because there are so many "determination-pics" available on this species, I tried to get a different shot in the late evening sunlight (the golden hour).

Image: Testelt (BE) - 18/07/2010

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♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Je hebt dit 'bazige' vlindertje idd in een bijzonder mooie pose gevangen....:-)
Vind de lichte kleuren iets te overbelicht en daardoor wat uitgebeten, maar 'het gouden uur' is goed in te schatten:-)

19 Jul 2010 7:25am

@♏arleen: Dank je, Marleen. De witte vlekken zijn inderdaad iets uitgebeten. Het was een beetje kiezen tussen die lichte vlekken of het detail op de donkere delen van de vlinder. Ik vond het beter om er geen silhouet van te maken en dus storen de (te) lichte delen me iets minder.

Florence from Paris, France

Great face to face, and a splendid specimen showing the majesty of his wings. Great colors and great compo. As usual.

19 Jul 2010 10:20am

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence. These butterflies are so wonderfull - I just can't stop taking pictures on them ... :-)

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Wow .Stunning macro.Very beautiful light.5*

19 Jul 2010 1:08pm

@Gina: Thank you very much, Gina. I prefer taking images in early morning or late evening light. The hour before sun is going down, I call the golden hour because of these tones.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Cool perspective and good strategy on this one, Johan. You got the antennae sharp, and the backlighting makes this shot. The Red Admirals are still around, but we started seeing them more than a month ago. Anecdotal reports from members of NABA have put their numbers up this year.

19 Jul 2010 6:29pm

@Julie Brown: I think Belgium is a bit more cold than where you live :-) so we see these a bit later during the year. I hope they will be around for another two or three month :-)

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige scherptediepte en kleur.

19 Jul 2010 6:52pm

@Mascha: Dank je, Mascha.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

tres bel angle de prise de vue de ce papillon ,johan !
5 etoiles de rigueur !!
amitiés !

19 Jul 2010 8:06pm

@marc battault: Thanks again for your aprecriation, Marc.

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - love this. Comp is great - majestic

19 Jul 2010 9:53pm

@Becky: An admiral has to be majestic :-) Thank you again, Becky.

Céline from New York City, United States

Gorgeous macro !

20 Jul 2010 2:21am

@Céline: Thank you very much, Céline.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

What is a 'determination pic'? I do love your perspective.. it is unusual and the detail on the antennae is again excellent.

25 Jul 2010 9:33pm

@Dutçh: A 'determination pic' is an image of the species with all the necessary details in it to get the right determination on the species. In this case it would be an image of the upperside of the wings fully streched... That kind of images are easy to find, so I tried someting else :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
ISO 200
150 mm