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Pieris rapae mating

Pieris rapae mating
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-55 1:3.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-16 8:21
Viewed: 528
Points: 6
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Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Common names: Small white, Cabbage white

I shooted this pair of Pieris rapae mating deep in shadow of plants at the home garden.

Pieris rapae is one of the most widespread butterfly species which can be found almost everywhere. This species is also known to migrate from the continent, sometimes flying in great swarms, augmenting the resident population in the process.It is believed that this butterfly can fly up to 100 miles in its lifetime although, undoubtedly, most butterflies will only travel a mile or two.

Habitat:This species is found in a wide variety of habitats and can turn up almost anywhere, including gardens, allotments, parks, meadows, open grassland, and hedgerows.

Larval Foodplants: The primary larval foodplants are Crucifers (various) (Cruciferae family (various)) and Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus). Charlock (Sinapis arvensis), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale), Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba), Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea) are also used.

Adults: This highly-mobile butterfly can turn up almost anywhere and is a familiar sight in gardens and it is attracted to various nectar sources, in particular those with white flowers.

4-5 generations could be developed in a year in Crete

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hallo Nikos
nice picture to see this mating from the butterfly's
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-16 15:28]

Hi Nikos,a lucky meeting with this couple mating,perfect capture,very well exposed and sharp,not easy to find but easy to take..ehhee...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Nikos, lovely maiting couple, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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