Monday, 28 October 2013

The Portrait of a Lady

The Painted Lady   Vanessa cardui   (Nymphalidae)






The Painted lady is found in grassy places where flowers are in bloom. When feeding néctar from flowers such as the Lantana, the Painted Lady is usually oblivious to the approach of na observer. It's wing span is 6cm, and flight period from March-November or further north, April-October.


Our photos said...

Beautiful butterfly photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

seijastiina said...

Ooooooooo, wow!
Excellent ♥
I love butterflies very much.
This is a very beautiful butterfly.
Beauty Lady.
Have a wonderful new week.

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Sonija your photos are so beautiful. A great harmony of colors and shapes! Knowing also how difficult it is, keep posing butterflies, you have my sincere admiration for your skill and your patient research to stop forever the beauty of moments!!!Warm hugs,Rita.

Adam said...

nice butterfly

Ian x said...

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

W Blake 1803

Anonymous said...

Stunning shots :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

She's a beauty :) and you captured it perfectly here.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful buttefly.. Congrats..

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous shots! i think my favorite is 2nd to last with the tongue curled and gorgeous color.

Fallar said...

Serious question: Is there a month in Portugal when there are no butterflies?

Nick Morgan said...

Lovely pictures Sonjia. They have warmed me up on a cold, rainy Scottish day. I was hoping that we would have had a big invasion of Painted Ladies here after a good summer. Unfortunately the weather turned cold in September and that didn't happen. I did see a couple, though!

Giga said...

Piękny motyl siedział na pięknych kolorowych kwiatach. Śliczne :)
Beautiful butterfly sitting on a beautiful colorful flowers. Cute :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonjia!

And painted by a great artist, this gorgeous lady must have been ... just like its photographer.

Have a good week!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your great photography skills never ceases to amaze me. Thank you so much for sharing.

Maria said...

I like these vibrant colours Sonjia; the flowers are also fabulous!

Noushka said...

Lantana is a fabulous support for this magnificent butterfly!
Congratulations for those gorgeous pictures!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures in lovely color, reminds me of summer and how many months until next. Thank´s for sharing your summer.
Best regards

Len said...

Glad you are still snapping away. The weather has changed here. You are so lucky having so much warmth and colour.

Smareis said...


Estive em off dos blogs, mas cá estou de volta.
Desculpas a ausência por aqui!
Muito linda essas imagens.
A natureza é muito especial, um presente divino.
Desejo tudo de bom pra ti!
Um abraço!

Ercotravels said...

Beautiful flowers and pretty butterflies!!
lovely captures.

Sonia Aguiar said...

Dear Sonjia. It really is a very beautiful photo series of this butterfly. The colors are spectacular and your good work is noticeable :)
A warm hug, Sonia.
PD At some point I'll write in the English language, but I think I wrote and spoke better in the past :)

Breathtaking said...

Our Photos

Thank you both for your visit and nice comment.

Breathtaking said...

Seija Torpstrom

Thank you Seija!:) I also love to see their beauty and watch their graceful movements.

Take care.

Breathtaking said...

Rita Vaselli

Dear Rita, your sensitive comments are always so lovely. We both love colour don't we! I lose all sense of time as I watch these beautiful creatures, and wait for just that right moment.It is so rewarding!

Um grand abaço minha amiga.

Breathtaking said...


Thank you Adam for your visit and your comment.

Breathtaking said...


Thank you Ian!:) I can always count on you for a beautiful verse, which says it all really.

Speak to you soon.:)

Breathtaking said...

David Turner

So nice to see you here David! Thank you for your comment.

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

Thank You Keith!:) They are beautiful, and this one was very obliging and posed for me with wings open.

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella

Thank you Ana!

Breathtaking said...


Thank you Theresa!:) That photo is the one I like best also!

Breathtaking said...


A serious question desserves a serious answer! Dec and Jan are the months when their are no sightings of butterflies here.

Breathtaking said...

Nick Morgan

Thank you Nick!:)We are having warm sunny days but the temp goes down to about 8 degrees in the evening. I took these photos middle of this month, but have seen fewer Painted Ladies this year.

Breathtaking said...


It's so rewarding when a butterfly poses on a beautiful flower. Many thanks for passing by.

Breathtaking said...


Hi Vitor!:)

You are always so generous with your comments. Thank you Vitor! Patience over skill in my case!:)

Have a nice weekend.

Breathtaking said...


Hi Linda!:)
Thank you so much, but I still don't know what all the buttons are for on my camera!:D

Breathtaking said...


Glad you like the vibrant colours Maria.I love colour!

I hope your hand is improving!

Breathtaking said...

Thank you! Yes indeed! Bees and butterflies love this shrub. Have taken many Lantana cuttings this year to provide more food for them.

Enjoy your weekend
Take care.

Breathtaking said...


Thank you Monika! We are still having warm, bright and sunny days, but cool nights. Some butterflies keep appearing,drawn to the Lantana shrub.Lucky me!:)

Breathtaking said...


Obrigada, a tua visitinha e muito apreciado. Eu também vou fazer um intervalo por umas semanas.
Um abraço
Bom fim de semana.

Breathtaking said...

Erco travels

Many thanks for your generous comment.:)

Breathtaking said...

Sonia Aguiar

Dear Sonia
A very good morning to you, and thank you for your lovely comment.:)

My dear, your English is very good.
You may have spoken better, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with your written English.I think it's great!

Enjoy your weekend.
Warm hugs.

Joop Zand said...

That lady is a beauty....i like these pictures very much.

Greetings, Joop

Bob Bushell said...

Love it, the Painted Lady is absolutely brilliant.

Breathtaking said...

Joop Zand

So nice to see you here Joop!:)

It is a lovely butterfly, a pleasure to photograph. Thank you so much for passing by, and your very nice comment.

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell

Thank you Bob!:)A beautiful lady indeed!

Unknown said...

Truly amazing photos. I love them all..


Breathtaking said...

Linda R
Thank you Linda!:) Nice of you to say so!

Hugs right back to you!:)

Isa said...

Parfait ! belle accord de couleur ! bon wee !!

Breathtaking said...

Bonne après-midi Isa! Je suis Tellement heureux de Vous Comme les couleurs.

Un bon week-end.

Waldameise Andrea said...

Wonderful colors. Longing for the summer.

Evening Greetings

S. Etole said...

Such a colorful sight so late in the season.

Breathtaking said...

Kleine Waldameise

There is still quite a bit of colour in my garden, and the sun still shines every day, but it can't last.

Many thanks for passing by.
See you soon!:)

Breathtaking said...

S. Etole
Sunny days bring the colour to life, and fortunately the sun is still shining here.

I photographed these butterflies last month, and the lantana is still in bloom.

Breathtaking said...

Fernando Santos (Chana)

Thank you Chana!:)

Thank you for your visit.
Have a good week!

Rachel Uchizono said...

Beautiful photos!

Breathtaking said...

Rachel Uchizono
Thank you for your nice comment.

Thank you also for following my blog. I am still on my blogging break, just came for a few mins, but will visit you as soon as I'm back.

Brown Eyes said...

beautiful butterfly in photos very well taken.

Breathtaking said...

Mary Brown
Thank you Brown Eyes!:)These butterflies were just asking to have their photo taken!!

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