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The last Rapae (11.11.11)

The last Rapae (11.11.11)
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-13 1:09
Viewed: 1827
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Siggi.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
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, Asia, and Great Britain 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).
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 throughout the day except for early morning and evening, although there is occasional activity during the later part of the night it ceases as dawn breaks


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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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-13 1:20]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in beautiful colours and great sharpness. Good POV, DOF and composition.
Have a nice sunday,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-13 1:26]

Hello Luciano.
Wonderful capture of this pieris butterfly (Small White (Pieris rapae)).I love your composition and soft colors. Great DOF and POV and excellent details. TFS!Best regards Siggi

Hello Luciano,
a very nice picture of this small beauty, the sharpness is very good, we can see all details in wings.
The picture is well composed and stand-out fine against the BG.
Well done, mf.


Hello Luciano,
A very nice captured of this butterfly, great clear details, good sharpness, beautiful natural colours against out of focus background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Great photo Luciano! Very good composition, nice colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Luciano,
This is amazing photo when 11.11.11
Well done :)
Have a good week

Ciao Luciano. 11.11.11. Numeri da cabala, come direbbe A.P. E si! Questa è quasi magica! Si potrebbero contare i puntini nero tanto è dettagliata. Le affascianti trasparenze come contorno la rendono ancor più gradevole.


Ciao Luciano,
Very nice butterfly .DOF,BG,colors,lighting and composition are perfect.

Hi Luciano,
perfect point of view. Amazing colours. Excellent composition. Great artistic shot.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-13 6:34]

Ciao Luciano,
splendida composizione con una luce fantastica sul soggetto che è ripreso con grandissima nitidezza. Perfetto il POV e lo stacco con lo sfondo sfumato. Davvero una bella immagine!
Buona domenica

Bonjour Luciano,

La feuille aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Piéride de la rave. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Luciano,
A Beautiful capture with excellent fine detail and colours. Great POV,DOF and BG.

And a Beauty Luciano
super shot with good details and great sharpness
the colours are beautiful
i like this picture
thanks greeting lou

Hello Luciano,Fantastic butterfly on a lovely flower,fine details,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-13 10:50]

Bonjour Luciano, bien dommage que cela soit le dernier!!! belle harmonie de teintes et de fins détails, bravo, bonne soirée, Didier.

Hi Luciano,

Wonderful picture of this butterfly with good details & sharpness. It is difficult to capture butterflies under the leaf but you did very well.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Luciano, gran bella cavolaia ritardataria con un giallo particolarmente intenso, splendida luce e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, complimentoni per la bella cattura novembrina, ciao Silvio

Hi Lou,
interesting POV of this pict, nice species,
Salutacions cordials

A mi modo de ver es uno de tus mejores trabajos publicados hasta la fecha, y eso que tienes muchísimas
publicaciones excelentes, pero esta es especial... el color es realmente desbordante, sabiendo aprovechar esa pequeña sombra a la perfección.
Un abrazo y buena semana Luciano: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Luciano,
Great macro with very good focus, perfect sharp details as usual and wonderful natural colors.
You catch the last butterfly in this season.....
I my country they are gone....

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-13 19:01]

Hello Luciano,
Captured perfectly as it rests under the protection of a leaf. Awesome detail and beautiful coloration. Love the way the backlighting illuminates the wings, giving them a glowing appearance. Well done!!

Hello Luciano,
fine capture of the small white with good sharpness and many details. I also like the hiding pose under the leave and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-11-14 23:03]

Lovely capture, conveying nicely the autumn atmosphere.



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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-15 6:06]

Ciao Luciano!
Altra super macro. Straordinari i dettagli della farfalla. Eccellente la composizione e pure lo sfondo.
Peccato che lo sfondo chiaro non dia a questa bellezza il risalto che merita.
Ciao e buona giornata! Vanda

Perfectly detailed, with excellent light and nice colours.Very nice to see this butterfly so late in the season. regards yiannis

Ciao Luciano,
Una colia finale e il 11.11.11! ... Bravo ... Bel quadro, è fuori dal comune, la luce è impressionante!
Grazie per la condivisione.

molto bella anche questa foto Luciano, personalmente avrei girato la foto per provare il taglio verticale, molto buona la maf e i colori della farfalla,

un saluto, tino

Luciano, this is a great shot of this butterfly. Good sharpness, detail and POV. I hope that you and your family have a great Christmas. May next year bring peace in the world. Bill

Salut Luciano

Jolis tons de couleurs du papillon et de la fleur
sur laquelle il est, excellent POV, belle lumière,
superbe focus netteté et détails, TFS


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