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Not so many of these beautiful butterflies around this year, but I did manage to capture this pair on the bougainvillea in the garden.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:male and female cleopatras
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:10 Aug 2012 - 5:45 AM
Tags:Butterfly, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:68
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 6Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 5:58 AM

So colourful Carol superb close ups and captures.
Gary

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 6:06 AM

Two wonderful images Carol.

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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
10 Aug 2012 - 6:08 AM

Hard choice ths morning Carol but I think V1
wins by a notch - like the way the light is showing the
shadow of its body through the wing. And the green
against the purple - lovely.

Morag

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101763 forum postsexposure vcard England
10 Aug 2012 - 6:40 AM

Beautiful Carol I do like V2...I have tried so hard to capture these...no success yetSmile
Rain!!!!!! oh I hope we get some as well...we keep getting extreme high temps warnings..still not too much longer now...soon be spring like temps again.Smile
Pauline.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 6:40 AM

Wonderful burst of colours and light in this. Two gorgeous images.

Ann

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:22 AM

2 super shots.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:32 AM

Two extremely rich and vibrantly coloured images, depicting these rather beautiful creatures, The way the light as fizzled out as it penetrates the thin membrane which forms their wings is breathtaking, so very good.

Regards Nathan

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:39 AM

A great image taken in very strong sunlight...
You done very well to control light..
V2 for me..

Dave

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
10 Aug 2012 - 7:44 AM

Beautiful captures Carol,
Fred.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:46 AM

You couldn't ask for a better colour contrast!
Excellent.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:48 AM

The colours are lovely Carol.
Ann

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:52 AM

Two beauties

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:04 AM

Two beautiful brimstones Carol, both superbly captured, the colours are simply glorious

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:07 AM

Both great shots Carol
but how do you tell the difference on male/female?
cannot see maybe longer antennae Smile
Lillian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41116 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:14 AM

I was wondering the same thing, Lillian. Maybe they were up to something before settling for a drink!!

Lovely backlit lighting throught the wings, Carol. v1 by an antenna!

Dave

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:16 AM

Two super shots, Carol. Great backlight.
Colin

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:34 AM

Lovely couple of shots there Carol. From my experiences of these in France they're not the easiest of subjects to get to stay still!

They are in fact Cleopatras not Brimstones though. The orange upper wings(which you can see thanks to the backlighting) indicate a Male Cleopatra. Brimstones don't have any Orange in either sex. Also to me seeing only Brimstones in the UK I can see the wing shape is not quite right for Brimstones. The pointy bits at the tips should be a bit pointier for a Brimstone. I checked the Collins Buterfly Guide which can't be 100% relied upon, but that shows that on Crete you don't get Brimstones, only Cleopatras though I know people say the distribution maps aren't great for some species so you might get the odd one. These two are definitely Cleopatras though.

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Mike_Young
Mike_Young e2 Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:47 AM

Couple of cracking Cleopatras Carole !!

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 9:17 AM

Dave has it in one!
Thanks Carol makes good reading
Lillian

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jwt
jwt Junior Member 9 England
10 Aug 2012 - 9:29 AM

What fab detail, especially when you view them in the larger format.

James.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 10:06 AM

Two excellent shots with the back lighting helping to show off the insects in such detail, Carol.
Ronnie.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 10:18 AM

Love the backlighting on those lovely butterflies.
Also seeing bougainvillea is always a reminder of
Greece and Spain and holidays!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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achieverswales
10 Aug 2012 - 10:45 AM

Two stunners Carol.

Kindest regards

Trev.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 11:01 AM

I just love the bold colours here
2 beauties as always....

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LynneJoyce
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10 Aug 2012 - 11:29 AM

Love the colour contrast between the butterflies and the Bougainvillaea.

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CaroleS
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10 Aug 2012 - 11:32 AM

Two beauties Carol.
Carole

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TonyDy
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10 Aug 2012 - 11:34 AM

Beautiful shots, Carol.
Tony

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PattiW
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10 Aug 2012 - 11:39 AM

Carol, this is wonderful. Love the backlighting, Patti SmileSmileSmile

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Joline
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10 Aug 2012 - 12:43 PM

Difficult to tell which is which.
They are both so very beautiful.

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gingerdelight
10 Aug 2012 - 12:52 PM

Two very beautiful captures Carol.
Carol

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DitoInacio
10 Aug 2012 - 2:26 PM

Both are marvelous! Love the light and details, Carol.

regards

Dito

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 2:45 PM

Both beautiful but V2 by a whisker,Smile
Joan.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 5:04 PM

Gorgeous! They stand out so well against the purple flowers, and the backlighting is just super Wink
Trev Smile

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 5:44 PM

How the name was registered ? judging by he nose?. Oh I am gender biased . Lovely set, poor Anthony !!

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Silverzone
10 Aug 2012 - 5:57 PM

Super pair of images. I like view1 for the light through the wings and view 2 for the clarity. Sylvia

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
10 Aug 2012 - 7:01 PM

Such lovely looking butterfly Carol. Very nicely captured.
You would be correct in your assumption about my dislike of sport. Now excuse me, off out on my bike WinkGrin. Moira

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:04 PM

"Two Stunning & Exquisite Macro Shots,...with v1 being my Favorite 'by a Whisker'," Carol~

Have a Great Weekend,...'o'er the Pond!~~ Smile

Ciao~ Peter

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tomcat e2 Member 96180 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 7:41 PM

Even' Carol

Good to see 'emSmile

Back on the G&T's ice and limeWink


Adrian

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11 Aug 2012 - 7:25 AM

Two beauties Carol lovely lighting,well done..Lin

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digital_boi
11 Aug 2012 - 9:44 AM

harsh lighting but a fine capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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11 Aug 2012 - 2:41 PM

Think I like V2 the best Carol but Vi is still very beautiful.
Sandra

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sallybea  441 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 - 8:15 PM

Stunning image Carol, beautiful backlighting

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
11 Aug 2012 - 11:17 PM

The light is just devine, and the subjects .... well your signature all over! IB

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15 Aug 2012 - 10:30 AM

[quote]Gorgeous! They stand out so well against the purple flowers, and the backlighting is just super Wink
Trev Smile[/quote

My thoughts exactly Carol. Couldn't be bettered xx

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