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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-19 10:59
Viewed: 3362
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fresh picture from todays walk in Botanic Garden. This is probably female from first generation of Pieris napi.

Widespread across Europe, Asia including the Indian subcontinent and North America, 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. It can produce up to three broods in a year.

Recent research has shown that when males mate with a female, they inject methyl salicylate along with their sperm. The smell of this compound repels other males, thus ensuring the first male's paternity of the eggs—a form of chemical mate guarding.

The adult male of this species has a distinctive lemon smell.

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Ciao Greg, elegant Pieris napi with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, great composition with beautiful yellow flower and lovekly blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

I like the soft tone of this capture with excellent details and color ....
good job Greg!

best sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-19 12:22]

Hi Greg. You have taken a fine close up of the Butterfly . As you say in your notes more than likely a new Pieris napi . Whic you have been able to get good detail in the wings with bright colours. Showing the markings. With a nice pose on the yellow flower. well done TFS.

hello Greg
great composition
super sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Very delicate, and skilled work with your depth of field..now don't you go up and leave us...Gert was enough for a whole years misery...I am happy there are still some good well...nature loving photographers like you!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-04-19 13:11]

Z bialymi jest klopot aby nie przeswietlic ale tutaj akurat jak nalezy i calosc ladnie sie komponuje.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-19 23:15]

beautiful white and yellow combination, very fine image. tfs.

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  • luibu Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 54] (508)
  • [2009-04-20 3:19]

ciao Grzegorz
Molto bella questa macro ,molto bello il taglio che hai dato alla foto , ciao Luigino

Hello Grzegorz, nice shot of this little white butterfly. Good POV and composition. Sharp focus and good contrast.

Czesc Grzesiu
Fotka bardzo elegancka. Fajnie ze juz wiosna przyszla w pelni. Tez widzialem bytomkowce w Lodzi tydzien temu ale bez sukcesow fotograficznych Ale w tygodniu zaliczylem juz pierwsze motylki w tym roku ;-).

Zrobilem maly WS

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