Painted Lady - Butterfly by Yannik Hay

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  • Featured in Just Butterflies on 2013-06-09
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I was strolling through the gardens of MacKenzie-King Estate and I captured this butterfly. It stayed put, looking at me at some point but didn’t fly away. Usually, I never have the time to capture them.

The Cynthia group of colourful butterflies, commonly called painted ladies, comprises a subgenus of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

The lifespan of a Painted Lady Butterfly is 2–4 weeks. ref: Wikipedia

Location: My backyard – Gatineau, Qc., Canada
Date: 2012-08-17
Canon Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320 sec
Aperture Priority: F/7,1
Lens: Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay


garden, butterfly, nature, moth, butterflies, painted lady, nymphalidae, vanesse des chardons

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    superbe! c’est une Vanesse des chardons aussi appelé Belle dame. un ami à moi m’a fait connaitre ce livre que j’ai acheté. un incontournable.
    bien chanceuse avec celui-là Yan. c’est vrai que ce n’est pas facile de les prendre en photo ;)

  • Merci beaucoup Manon de me dire le nom en français, je vais l’ajouter à mes tags :) Toi qui est la spécialiste dans les papillons, c’est tout un compliment :)
    Merci aussi pour le fav :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much Lorilee for the compliment. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 2 years ago

    Terrific work here…. just great!!

  • Thanks bunch Linda for the compliment. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 2 years ago

    Great closeup, we really see the patterns and colors on his wings! Excellent focus Yannik!

  • Thank you very much Joanne for your support and great comment. I was lucky with this one. He stayed put :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Strong colours.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Thx bunch Derek :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Yannik

  • Thank you very much Larry :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 2 years ago

    An absolutely brilliant capture, Yannik !

  • Thanks greatly Elfriede for the compliment and for favoriting it. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Yannik!

  • Many thx Carol for the compliment. One of m best so far :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    19 August 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you Konstantinos :)

    – Yannik Hay

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