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Green-veined White

Green-veined White
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-08 7:12
Viewed: 1890
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Green-veined White (Pieris napi) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family.
A circumboreal species widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, Japan and the Maghreb and North America (Many authors consider the Mustard White of North America to be conspecific with napi or consider napi to be a superspecies). It is found in meadows, hedgerows and woodland glades but not as often in gardens and parks like its close relatives the Large and Small Whites, for which it is often mistaken. Like other "white" butterflies, the sexes differ. The female has two spots on each forewing, the male only one. The veins on wings of the female are usually more heavily marked. The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint, hence Green-veined White. Unlike these two butterflies it rarely chooses garden cabbages to lay its eggs on, preferring wild crucifers.
The eggs are laid singularly on a wide range of foodplants including Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata, Cuckooflower Cardamine pratense, Water-cress Rorippa nastutium-aquaticum, Charlock Sinapis arvensis, Large bitter-cress Cardamine amara, wild cabbage Brassica oleracea and wild Radish Raphanus raphanistrum and so it is rarely a pest in gardens. The caterpillar is green and well camouflaged. It is often found feeding on the same plant as the Orange Tip but never competes for food because it only feeds on the leaves whereas the Orange Tip caterpillar feeds on the flowers and developing seed pods. Like other Pieris spp. it overwinters as a pupa.
Pieris napi is found in damp, grassy places with some shade, forest edges, hedgerows, meadows and wooded river valleys. The later generations, widen their catchment areas in the search for alternative forage crops in drier, but flowery places . In the Mediterranean the insect is also found in scrub around mountain streams or springs and on floodplains with Nasturtium officinale. It is found from sea level to high altitude (2500m. in Central Europe centrale, 2600 m in Italy).
The generations vary with location, altitude and season. In Northern Europe, there are two or three generations from April to early September. In warmer areas, and in some good years there is a fourth generation. In southern Europe there are three or more partially overlapping generations from March to October.(Wikipedia)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-06-08 8:08]

Hello Siggi,
A very fine view of this pair captured in beautiful light! I like the POV, the sharp details and the natural colours against the dark background.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

Hello Siggi,
lovely capture of this mating couple with good sharpness and fine details. I also like the splendid light, the beautiful colours and the fine contrast against the dark background.
Best wishes,

hello Siegfried
super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
very nice composition with good BG
greeting lou

Witaj Siggi,
ładnie ułożyły się te dwa zwiewne motylki. Pięknie uchwycona scenka. Przyroda jest wspaniała i wspaniale, że potrafisz tak to pokazać.
Pozdrowienia - Sławek

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-08 8:40]

Hello Siggi,
Striking photo of this mating pair with one of them hanging in the air.
Fine sharpness, details in beautiful light and colours. Beautiful blurred background too.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of lovely maiting couple, frine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Czesc Siggi,
bardzo ladne motyle. Swietna kompozycja. Piekne naturalne kolory.
Udanego weekendu!
Trzymaj kciuki za nasze EURO 2012! Wlasnie sie zaczyna :)

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-06-08 9:09]

Witaj Siggi,
Teraz to EURO 2012, ale od czasu do czasu cos tam sfotografuje. ladne te twoje bielinki.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-08 9:17]

Hi Siggi,spectacular and acrobatic mating moment of this Napi couple,magnificent capture and excellent light management,details and colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sigfried,
A marvelous composition. Wonderful macro and very difficult to capture this moment full of love. Excellent light......The details are fantastic. Very sharp and lovely natural colors. Have a nice weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-06-08 10:06]

Hi Siggi!
Superb capture, my friend. Perfect total focus on both the butterflies and great DOF, which isolates the subject perfectly.
Lovely shadows through the trasparency of the wings.
Very well done: congratulations.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Siggi,

An excellent macro with fine colors, details & timing. Very nicely composed & presented with a great POV.

Great work & TFS!

Regards & best wishes


Ciao Siegfried.
Splendida foto come al solito,complimenti per la composizione,con queste ombre dei fiori che si riflettono sulle farfalle,grande nitidezza ed relativi dettagli,ottimi colori molto bella complimenti.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

An interesting play with the focals and the lights and shadows and it works. It draws the eye in further then the words...good lesson plan

A well caught moment with superb details, Siggi!

The light and exposure are well handled and colors are natural too.
The POV and DOF are excellent, and contrast against a well blurred darker BG is nicely kept too.
Good work!

Viele Gre

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-09 0:19]

Looks like the male busy with the flower while female has to balance, fine image. tfs.

Ciao Siegfried. Great time for the "time of love" of Pieris napi. Amazing playing of light and bright colours.


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