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Pieris brassicae

Pieris brassicae
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 10:25
Viewed: 4262
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After fruitful discussion concerning a species of my second butterfly (In evening sun beams) I cautiously declare: it is, possibly, the Pieris brassicae. I have a sole series of this butterfly consisting of several photos. All photos are taken with an interval in some tens seconds. As a workshop, I have placed a photo taken at the closest distance in minute after an original photo.

The Large White or Cabbage White Pieris brassicae is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. The butterfly is called the Large Cabbage White in India.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution
The Large White is common throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia to the Himalayas often in agricultural areas, meadows and parkland. It is a strong flyer and the British population is reinforced in most years by migrations from the continent. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm.

The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. the underside is a pale greenish and serves as excellent camouflage when at rest. The black marking are generally darker in the summer brood.

Lifecycle and foodplants
The female lays batches of 20 to 100 yellow eggs on plants in the cabbage family and can be a pest on food crops. They seem to have a preference for cultivated varieties of Brassica oleracea such as cabbage and brussel sprouts. The caterpillars are yellowish green with yellow lines and black spots and feed in groups in plain view on the leaf surface. They gain protection from predators by obtaining distastful mustard oils from their foodplants although large numbers are sometimes lost to the parasitic wasp Apanteles glomeratus. The chrysalis is also yellowish green with black spots. The species over-winters as a chrysalis. It has two broods in a year, the first is on the wing in May and June and the second in August.

Source: Large White

See also: Pieris brassicae

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-07 10:36]

Another great one, Alexei. Excellent macro technique overall. I can see why it's called cabbage white. TFS, and best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-07 10:44]

Hello Alex,
Very fine presentation of a Cabbage White on what looks like some kind of artichoke flower.
This had excellent sharpness and pleasing bokeh BG and together with the flower, set in a fine composition.
I see you already have spring!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-07 10:47]

salut Alexei,
toujours aussi bon tes clichés. Netteté parfaite, opposition de couleur, composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-07 10:51]

Hi Alexei,

A beautiful macro and a beautiful picture. The details on the butterfly are great and the flower is very pretty with wonderful colors.


Wonderful macro...clarity, crispness, colors...couldn't be much better than this! Bravo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-07 11:07]

Hi Alexei

Another splendid macro work from you!
The colors in this one are really magnificent and vivid, showing this lovely natural contrast between the butterfly and the flower.
The details are amazing and the close-up level in the WS photo is terrific.
The DOF is also great here, keeping all the elements in good focus, but also blurring the BG very nicely.
I must say this photo is a lot better than the previous one you posted, because teh details and and elements of the butterfy are much better visible.
All-in-all superb work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Alexei,
A superb one.
Very strong image due to compo, colours, depicted butterfly,...

Privet Alexey,
just a perfect shot. Superb composition, colours, depth of field and background. Great details. Everything is just perfect.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-07 11:35]

Hello Alexei,
Very lovely composition showing this Cabbage White on the thistle. Excellent focus, sharp details and lovely colours. The background colour fits beautifully too and I like the diagonal composition very much.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alex,

Nice punchy image here, the butterfly is wonderfully composed and you have used the perfect aperture to get everything we want to see sharp leaving the rest blurred and soft.

God natural light has added to the texture we can see on the subject and the colours are vivid and strong.

Good work

excemllente cette composition, bonne netteté, et couleurs claires, excellent bg
bravo et merci

hi alexei.
impressive capture of this specimen, excellent picture quality, nice sharpness with great details,
lovely colour tones, well composed shot, nice point of view,
tfs & regards

bonjour alex
vous ne publiez pas tous les jours mais au moins a chaque photo c'est parfait,difficile de trouver a redire.
felicitation pour cette photo tres haute en couleurs et lumineuse.

Hermosa presentación.
Buen DOF y BG. Perfecto encuadre.
Agradable luz y colorido ideal.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-07 12:34]

Genial Alexei,
una bella imagen,
buen pov. detalles y excelente nitidez,
sensacional macro.

Bonsoir Alexei
Félications pour ta belle prise en macro.
Belle image de ce papillon qui ressort très bien de la fleur violet. J'aime aussi le fond tout en douceur.
Salutations Toni

This is so beautiful the whole composition is wonderful, an excellent shot.
Well done...

Hola Alex.
Excelente composicion, de esa bella mariposa y de la flor.Muy buena luz y preciosos colores.Saludos.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-07 12:58]

Hi Alexei.
Admirably sharp details on this butterfly as well as on flower.I like great point of view and beautiful overall composition.Blurry background is perfect and your Pieris brassicae from him gets off immensely.Beautiful combination this butterfly and pretty flower.Another superb done picture.
TFS and best greetings Milos.

Hi Alexei,
it's razorsharp, excellent quality, thanks, very nice
Sabine - wishnugaruda

A very fine representative of the Large White family, Alexei.
The exposure is so very extraordinarily well controlled the image gives a three-dimensional effect to the flower as well as to the butterfly.
The colours are a treat to the eyes and the overall composition is one of the finest I have ever seen on TN.
It has been a great pleasure to look at this marvellous image.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-03-07 14:50]

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful close up.
The details and colors are pin sharp.
Blurry BG,DOF and clarity are marvellous.
Great work.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-07 14:51]

Perfect DOF Alexei. Sharp focus on the butterfly and the flower and a good OOF BG. Lovely colours and great POV



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-07 15:09]

Privet Alexei,
Very nice capture of white cabbage.Thistle is alse well caught and attracts more attention.POV,colors,simple BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hello Alexei another awsome detailed catch beautifully composed and technically nothing to complain about very well done rgds Necip.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-07 15:50]

Hello Alex
I don't know what I like more, the lovely butterfly or the beautiful thistle with those wonderful colors. You did an excellent macro here with perfect quality in all parameters, and you didn't have your super macro lens then, did you?
You're a genius!
My compliments and best wishes

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-07 16:06]

Hi Alex,
Beautiful composition with super sharp details and outstanding exposure. I am amazed at the DOF you have on this photo and the workshop photo using f10. The detail on the macro is incredible. Very nice presentation.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-07 16:58]

Hi Alex!
Nice focus,great shot and DOF,I'm sure it's the large white, it's very common all over Europe.TFS!

Hi Alexei,
That looks great! Beautiful colors and very sharp detail. Your control on the DOF was excellent. Perfect OOF backround. The composition and framing are also perfect. I love when you can see such great vein detail in the wings. Very well done my friend!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:42]

Hello Alexei

Tack sharp image with awesome texture to the flower and butterfly.The DOF and POV are excellent.The subject stands out nicely from your beautiful BG.The colours are warm,and vivid.A lovely image.TFS


Hi Alex,

Very smartly selecting the angle [perpendicular to surface of the wing] in ordet to include all part of the butterfly within sharp area of DoF.
Excellent shot!

Ben Lakitan

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-08 0:05]

Hi Alex,
Hats off to your Large White, majestically enthroned on this beautiful cushion of pink and green! A very pure and elegant composition of a diagonal line effectively counter-balanced by the slanting direction of the blossom starting from the bottom line - altogether this creates great impact! Thank you very much for a super shot and an excellent note.
With best regards,

Hi Alexei

Wow... congrats on a magnificent shot. You must be thrilled with the result. Stunning work. :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-08 4:39]

Hello Alexei,
Very fine coloured picture of this Cabbage White. The composition is excellent and the pose of the butterfly interesting. It seems that it doesn't know if stay or fly.
Thank's a lot
Have a nice day

Hi Alexei
beautiful capture(as always),like the POV and colours and sharpness
I am learning a lot from you ,not only about photography but also about biology!
best regards dear friend

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa composición, la composición, luz y nitidez están sobresalientes, el fondo de lujo. Un cordial saludo

hello alexei!
very beautiful macro with
nice lightning and good
great work!

Hello Alexei,
This is a specie that we also have here or we have a very simliar one :) This is a nice capture of this delicate little one with excellent exposure, details, color and composition. I like the flower it's on and this great BG. They have nice big eyes :))) This is very well done, thanks,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-08 13:26]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS

Hi Alexei, great focus, splendid composition with lovely butterfly and beautiful flower, excellent colors and great details, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
this is another excellent butterfly shot! Excellent POV, framing, sharpness and details. Great colours and composition. Thank you my friend.

Love your notes. Have learnt a lot from you. Specially
about photography.
Have seen so much detail of this creature .. looks like
it is in my office. Feel like "touching" it.
Best regards,

I like the PoV and DoF here Alexei! The flower is NOT the knapweed, based on what I see below the pink! Thanx for including that part also my friend! I would love to see more of this mystery flower! Tfs, Jay

Hi dear Alexei ,
great image with wonderful colours.
great sharpness , composition and nice BG.
excellent work and lovely.
thanks for sharing my friend

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-10 11:30]

Hi Alexei,
The state or art in exposure, focus, pov, light, bg and composition. What an excellent capture! Congratulation!
TFS, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-10 17:43]

hello Alexei
here is successful close-up working on this beautiful pieris brassicae. composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Alexei,
precise details, well reported colours, the shapes of wings and petals well shaped by the shadows of sunlight. Very elegant composition, and a most pleasant combination of subtle, contrasting colours. Beautiful macro, taken with the great amount of care and precision that has become your trademark, dear friend. With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Alexei,
This is very beautiful. The sharpness and exposure are impeccable. Great natural colors. The butterfly stands out nicely from blurry background. Very well done and tfs.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-03-11 6:56]

Hi Alexei,
This photo has a lot of details in it. All the tiny dots on the wings are visable. Great focus and sharpness. Well done.
Thanks Paula

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-03-11 16:39]

Hi Alexei,
Your macro work really is superb. An excellent exposure here and great detail. The DOF is excellent although the POV has helped there and has also provided a clean and uncluttered background. It's nice to see everything in focus, antennae as well. The evening light just adds to the image. Good note too, a complete post from you as always.
Best regards,

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful details and an effective point of view!
I like the composition and the pin sharp subject, attractive colours...
Macro work is skilfully done!
Pablo -

Joli binôme bien coloré et bien cadré.
Bonne journée.

Hello Alexei!
This time I will strat from the comment to the note: very interesting, detailed - as usually :)
Picture: very good DOF, nice POV and interesting composition (I like that you kept huge part of flower, thanks to that a nice contrast between butterfly and the pland is seen), good light and sharpness.
Best greetings,

PS. As for me your ID is correct ;)

Olá Alex

Bela macro, cores fascinantes e linda e delicada composição.
Meus Parabéns!


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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-15 7:52]

Hello Alexei,
I loved the composition and the exposure. It is very sharp and clear image.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-03-15 8:45]

Otro excelente ejemplo de tu control de cámara logrado Alexei ofreciendo una aguda y precisa captura donde el encuadre y el punto de vista son estéticamente adecuados.
El DOF elegido permite el enfoque exacto y el OOF posterior que realza el primer plano, ayudado también por la intensa iluminación.
Muy impresionante el nivel de definición alcanzado en el workshop.

Another excellent example of your achieved camera control Alexei offering a sharp and precise capture where the framing and the point of view are adapted aesthetically.
Elected DOF allows the exact focus and rear OOF that it enhances the forefront, also helped by the intense illumination.
Very impressive the claerness level reached in the workshop.

Hi Alexei,
Very nice picture of Cabbage White.
Nice composition.


Hello Alexei,

What a remarkable picture of this nice Pieridae! EXCELLENT composition with a superb bg complimenting the insect! Exposition, details on the butterfly, pov, dof cannot be better! My only question is why did you use a speed of 1/1000s? Great note also!

Excellent pic and TFS,


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-16 12:19]

Hello Alexei,
lovely close up with shart details, one really gets a got view of the surface of the wings. POV, crop and compositon are wonderful.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-22 7:01]

Hi Alex, what a clear and sharp presentation of this butterfly. All parts of the butterfly nd the thistle are in focus. It's an excellent picture. Colour and texture in the wings are just wonderful...
Well done

hello Alexei

this is another beautiful picture of butterflies+
the POV is very good it is perpendicular to the insect +
sharpness is very good and colours very natural+
BG perfectregards


Hi, Alexei.
Great macro. Very nice composition with flower. Beautiful light. Very sharp and peaceful BG.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-05-19 15:05]

i like the composition here and the overall sharpness and detail
the colours are very complimentary and easy on the eye
the background is suitably handled being quite our of focus

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-20 10:11]

Hello Alexei,
A great macro photo well composed.
Excellent sharpness with amazing details.
Vivid and soft colors and really wonderfull together.
Very nice blurred background.
Great work......Bravo!
My best regards,

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-05-31 10:47]

Your gallery is wonderful! I love your photos and this one makes no exception. My best regards,

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