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Cabbage White

Cabbage White
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 28-105 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): images en vol, Flying images 2, Butterflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-19 6:27
Viewed: 4053
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Cabbage White
Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Attributes of Pieris rapae

Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)
Subfamily: Whites (Pierinae)
Identification: Upperside of wings white; forewing with black tip. Two submarginal black spots in female, one in male. Underside of hindwing and forewing apex evenly yellow-green or gray-green. Spring and fall short-day form is smaller, less yellow, with reduced black areas.

Life history: Males patrol for females. Females lay single eggs on undersides of host leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.

Flight: Two to three in northern part of range; 7-8 in the south. It is usually the first butterfly to emerge in spring.

Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 inches (4.5 - 5.8 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Many plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family and occasionally some in the caper family (Capparidaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar from a very wide array of plants including mustards, dandelion, red clover, asters, and mints.

Habitat: Almost any type of open space including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, cities, and suburbs.

Range: From central Canada south through the United States (except Florida Keys, southern Louisiana, and South Texas) to northwest Mexico.
NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: Ensure control steps do not affect other invertebrate fauna.
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Nice compositio, but slighty OOF,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-19 10:08]

Hi Didier.
Despite some softness of the image, its idea, pictured scene at whole and composition of the shot are simply great. I also like wonderful colour palette and impressive combination of lights and darks. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Didier,
Very interesting scene,wonderful colours,good BG interesting light.Well made on the organization and the sharpness. The composition is excellent one.

wonderful colour composition is excellent

Hi Didier,
You know I do the flying b-fly thing..So I know how difficult this is.
Very good details of the near wing, head, & body here.
The red flower balances your comp well, and adds great color/interest.
The dark BG works well also.
Well done!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-07 23:22]

Bonjour Didier !
Wow, moi je suis contente quand j'arrive à faire une photo d'un papillon sur une fleur, alors en vol, je n'ose même pas en rêver ! :-) Le papillon n'est peut-être pas tout à fait aussi net, mais on voit néanmoins de jolis détails, et j'aime bien sa pose. La composition de l'image est très belle, tout comme l'arrière-plan sombre qui fait ressortir le papillon et la fleur rouge. Félicitations !

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