|Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi)
|Date Taken: 2013-07-23|
|Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-08-02 1:05|
|[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 the Large and Small Whites two, 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 or field crops. The caterpillar is green and well camouflaged.When full grown it is green above, with black warts, from which arise whitish and blackish hairs. There is a darker line along the back, and a yellow line low down on the sides. Underneath the colour is whitish-grey. The spiracular line is dusky, but not conspicuous, and the spiracles are blackish surrounded with yellow. There is extensive overlap with other leaf-feeding larvae of Large and Small Whites in some wild populations (e.g. in Morocco).It is often found feeding on the same plant as the Orange Tip but rarely competes for food because it usually 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.This is green in colour, and the raised parts are yellowish and brown. This is the most frequent form, but it varies through yellowish to buff or greyish, and is sometimes without markings.
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Beautiful butterfly.Nice capture.BG is precious.Details are splendid.I like composition too.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2013-08-02 2:56]
Hi Siggi,great details and perfect exposure to show us the best of this Napi,very common but always beautiful to see,especially in a perfect pic like this.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Excellent sharp and detailed,best PoV and great clarity.
Stunningly beautiful picture of a napi, Siegfried.
The veins on the wings facing the camera are very well captured. The colours are natural and the neutral grey BG supports the composition extremely well.
Thanks and regards.
very nice picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
Ciao Sigi, great view of nice butterfly on beautifui flower, lpvely blurry BG, splendid sharpnss, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2013-08-02 9:44]
Stupenda macro per questa farfalla con dettagli e nitidezza al top. Well done.
- [2013-08-02 14:14]
Very good picture, great sharpness, nice light and composition. Congratulation and saludos.
- [2013-08-02 18:39]
An outstanding shot of this beautiful Green-veined White butterfly. Exceptional detail and perfect white balance. The thistle bloom is also attractive and I love the blurred BG. Great job!!