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Colourful Beauty

Colourful Beauty
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflys [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-11 4:22
Viewed: 1670
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butterflies are very important in our world.

There are more than 20,000 different kinds of butterflies in the world. The majority are found in tropical environments.

Butterflies are important as plant pollinators and as food for other animals (birds, mammals, spiders, and other insects).

Butterflies are also very sensitive to changes in the environment, and help warn us about unhealthy changes that are taking place.

Butterflies are very good fliers. They have two pairs of large wings covered with colourful, iridescent scales in overlapping rows. Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) are the only insects that have scaly wings. The wings are attached to the butterfly's thorax (mid-section). Veins support the delicate wings and nourish them with blood.

Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. Butterflies sun themselves to warm up in cool weather. As butterflies age, the color of the wings fades and the wings become ragged.

This beauty was at the Butterfly and Orchid Gardens at Thames where Pam, Dawn and I visited last Monday. It is New Zealand's first and only tropical butterfly and orchid house.

I'm not sure what type of butterfly it is, so if anyone knows please let me know.

Thank you for looking. . .

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Hi Janice,

The black butterfly would be difficult to focus/meter on but you did great. The colors and details are very good. Thanks for sharing.


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-02-11 4:46]

Hi Janice,

Beautiful captured of the butterfly, great textures and details... excellent work my dear... all the way to Thames? in one day? wooo... that must fun... :D Thanks for sharing


I new here when see was still a caterpillar.
Nice in colour and compo
Razor sharp
We have the same camera and lens.
But I allays use my macro lens for this kind of shots.
Don’t know why when I see this

Hi Janice, A gorgeous butterfly with its spread wings. Good sharpness as I can see the serration of the antennaes. Good Note as well. Greetings! Danilo

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-02-11 9:46]

superb colours and details, grand composition and a lovely capture overall

Hi Janice,

I wish we had something like that too! A place full of colourful butterflies just ready to be photographed! Just like this one, with lots of details & textures.

Well done

Great capture here with good details and just gerat notes too:)

Hi Janice,
Sorry I can't help with the ID, but it's a beauty. Excellent composition and framing of the shot. The exposure was really good to bring out the rich black color and sharp detail in the wings. Great contrasting yellow colors. Well done!

Superb capture with nice details and comp!

Well done!

helo janice
je vois que tes photos sont ausi jolies que sur TN
magnifique ce papillon, jolies couleurs nettes
bien vu

merhaba dear janice
beautiful macro picture.wonderful colourful butterfly.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

20, 000 different kinds, 5 of which live in Tasmania and not one of the 5 nice enough to pose for me. Well done Janice. Excellent colour and detail and very well composed. TFS,

Hi Janice,
You really captured the beauty of his wings, the black is very velvety and the yellow is a warm contrast, thanks for sharing,

Great colour and details in this unusually coloured fellow.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Janice,
What an excellent colourful picture! The contrast of black and yellow is perfect. A real 'pro' picture particular in sharpnes and colours my dear Janice. TFS!

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