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Pieris rapae


Pieris rapae
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5549 W: 89 N: 14627] (61057)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-21 14:50
Viewed: 3924
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked): Rhopalocera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Pieridae

Tribe: Pierini

Genus: Pieris

Species: P. rapae

The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also commonly known as the Small Cabbage White and in New Zealand simply as white butterfly.The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.
It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.
In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance. An adult's wingspan is roughly 32–47 mm (1.25–2 in).
In Britain, it has two flight periods, April–May and July–August, but is continuously-brooded in North America, being one of the first butterflies to emerge from the chrysalis in spring, flying until hard freeze in the fall.
Its caterpillars can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, kale, radish, broccoli, and horseradish but it will readily lay eggs on wild members of the cabbage family such as Charlock Sinapis arvensis and Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale. The eggs are laid singularly on foodplant leaves.
Traditionally known in the United States as the "Imported Cabbage Worm", now more commonly the "Cabbage White", the caterpillars are green and well camouflaged. Caterpillars rest on the undersides of the leaves, thus making them less visible to predators. Unlike the Large White, they are not distasteful to predators like birds. Like many other "White" butterflies, they hibernate as a pupa. It is also one of the most cold-hardy of the non-hibernating butterflies, occasionally seen emerging during mid-winter mild spells in cities as far north as Washington D.C.
Like its close relative the Large White this is a strong flyer and the British population is increased by continental immigrants in most years. Adults are diurnal and fly almost exclusively during mid-day, though it appears as if there is some activity in the later part of the night too, ceasing as dawn breaks.

PIERIS RAPAE
La Cavolaia minore o Rapaiola (Pieris rapae Linnaeus, 1758), è una farfalla appartenente alla famiglia Pieridae.
È simile alla Pieride del biancospino, ma contraddistinta da dimensioni minori. La fascia apicale è estesa verso il basso fino alla VI venatura. La femmina presenta una sfumatura giallastra e due macchie nere sull'ala anteriore.
L'apertura in genere è di 50 - 60,5 mm.
Le generazioni dei mesi estivi presentano una colorazione più scura sulle parti superiori e sulle parti inferiori dell'ala posteriore, mentre le generazioni primaverili risultano più grigiastre.

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Ciao Luciano. Ottimo POV per evidenziare il dettgalio delle nervature. Mica facile! Gestione della luce superba e ottima compo.

Roberto

Ciao Luciano,
splendida macro di Pieris (su rapae o brassicae non mi pronuncio in quanto non riesco a vedere bene l'ampiezza della macchia sull'apice delle ali anteriori, ma tu l'avrai senz'altro vista bene), straordinaria la nitidezza e colori belli e naturali, ottimo punto di ripresa per esaltare le nervature delle ali.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona notte
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Luciano,
E 'davvero ha gestito l'equilibrio di luce molto bene, i colori sono naturali e piacevoli. Per me, rende difficile, scattare foto di farfalle di colore chiaro su sfondo verde scuro, ho sempre cadere un po 'sovraesposta. Nella tua foto non accade, in questa foto che hanno fatto un grande lavoro e la farfalla sembra essere visto ad occhio nudo. Anche le texture sono palpabili. Molto buon lavoro. Congratulazioni. Saluti, Grazier per la condivisione, Jesús

ciao Luciano
great capture of White, with splendid colors, light using and exposure. white balance, POV and composition great. thanks for sharing. best wishes and have a good night
Ahmet

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture. Amazing clarity and excellent focus.
Natural colours and superb contrast with the green background.
Marius.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-21 22:23]

Hi Luciano.
Excellent close-up of attractive and widespread in our region butterfly. Especially I like direct of lights and excellent reproduction of all features of the wings, head and other parts of the insect. Dark green leaf creates a fine surroundings for the main subject. POV is also great. Well done and kind wishes.
Alexei.

Ciao Luciano, cavoli tu che cavolo anch'io e ieri che è entrata l'estate ho rimesso la felpa pesante e ha nevicato sul Vettore, mah, vista e rivista, ma bella cavolaietta, nitida macro, bella laresa del rilievo delle ali, ottimi i colori naturali, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1080 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2010-06-21 22:47]

Ciao Luciano,
a very clear and sharp picture of the butterfly!
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Luciano,
POV e sfondo azzeccatissimi per questa Pieris, bravo come sempre ;-)
ottimo il dettaglio con ottima gestione della luce in modo da evidenziare ogni piccolo dettaglio delle ali.
Complimenti.

Ciao
Davide

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 109 N: 12399] (52848)
  • [2010-06-21 23:38]

Hello Luciano,
This lovely Large White against the green leaf makes a beautiful picture. The colors are wonderful and the sharp details of the wings, veins and head are superb.
Best regards Siggi

Greet Luciano.
Very expressive details. Very good composition and sharpness.
It presents on green background well.
I greet Robert

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 496 W: 115 N: 1535] (9507)
  • [2010-06-22 3:34]

hello Luciano,
It's fantastic work. Excellent colour and sharpness of the butterfly against dark BG is splendid.
Regards, Pawel

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 340 W: 24 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-06-22 5:17]

Ehhh....Luciano...magnifica foto!!
Dettagli super: le ali della farfalla sembra plissettate. Splendido sfondo scuro che dà il massimo risalto alla farfalla, che sembra più bella di quella che è in realtà :)
Eccellente la composizione.
Complimenti!!
ciao! Vanda
P.S. due domeniche fa ho fotografato una pieris....uhmmmm ...uno schifo! :(

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5122 W: 166 N: 12963] (48128)
  • [2010-06-22 8:01]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful contrasting colours. Very nice dark green BG. Fantastic POV and composition.
Regards,
Peter

Innocent image with great clarity and lovely sharpness friend Luciano! A wider aperture settings probably could be more appropriate in my opinion!
Regards,
George Veltchev

Waoo, qué calidad Luciano, casi no se puede mejorar eso. Buena luz y colores, aunque yo destacaría, y sin dudarlo, la buena captura de la textura de las alas, realmente impresionante.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hola Luciano

Bonita pieris rapae con un bonito amarillo suave, contrastada con lo verde fuerte de la planta.

Una imagen muy agradable.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-06-23 6:48]

Hello Luciano,
beautiful capture in excellent composition. The clarity is so well done. The green leaf make is more seen and more beautifl in its best contrast.
Well composed view.

Regards,
Foozi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2010-06-23 11:12]

Hello Luciano,
A lovely capture showing the Small White very sharply in focus. Excellent details and colours and well composed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

bonjour Luciano
très jolie contraste entre le papillon blanc et son environement vert, ses ailes, sa tête et même ses pattes et ses antennes sont vraiment superbement detaillllées,
les couleurs sont très naturelles
Merci et bonne nuit !
Jacqueline

Luciano, what an outstanding shot of this butterfly. Great job. Have a great week, Bill

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13602)
  • [2010-06-25 8:26]

Hello Luciano,
What a splendid macro shot of this beauty in great sharpness,details and perfect colors.Fine composition from excellent POV.
Have a nice day.
Dûrzan

These small white-yellow butterflyies are comon to my places but very hard to shot them... I used to walk behind them many hours just for one shot but I never get one as I like...
So well done to you...
Great colors excellent POV and the leaf as BG makes the shot more beautiful
TFS and CU

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