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Mountain Clouded Yellow (96)
Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
I continue to represent Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro on FF camera. Despite the fact that this lens disappointed me and was returned I like few shots taken with it and share them with you.

This is Colias phicomone (Mountain Clouded Yellow), which was attracted by Gaillardia in our garden and which attracted my attention just there. See also my WS. This is the same shot, which is cropped strongly only.
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Colias is a genus of butterflies in the family Pieridae. They are usually called clouded yellows; the North American name "sulphurs" is elsewhere used for Coliadinae in general. The closest living relative is the genus Zerene, which is sometimes included in Colias.

This genus occurs throughout the Americas, including the arctic regions. They are also found in Africa, China and India. Their caterpillars feed on certain Fabaceae, for example vetches (Vicia). While most are thus beneficial by keeping weeds at bay, some occasionally become nuisance pests on crops like alfalfa. In some species, the wings of males have brilliant UV reflection, while those of females do not.
Most if not all species of this genus, as usual for Coliadinae, do not sequester toxins or other noxious compounds from their food plants. They are therefore a well-loved prey item of insectivores as compared to Pieris of the related Pierinae. They make up this disadvantage by being more nimble and better able to evade attacks by would-be predators.


Altered Image #2

Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
cropped to 640x480
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1718 W: 291 N: 3980] (11444)

Felt tempted to try out some cropping in order to increase the focus of attention in that fine picture's centre.
With precision resolution date available of original photo, that cropping would deliver an image of much higher size, of course.
Hope you enjoy.

Altered Image #1

Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Strong Crop
Edited by:Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)

The same picture, only cropped strongly for butterfly face details.