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Small White

Small White
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Copyright: Mehmet Karababa (caspian) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-03 8:33
Viewed: 2944
Points: 24
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Pieris rapae (Small White) [in Turk. Küçük Beyaz Melek]

The Small White 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. The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.

It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia 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).

In Britain, it has two flight periods, April–May and July–August, but is continuously-brooded in North America, being one of the first butterflies to emerge from the chrysalis in spring, flying until hard freeze in the fall.

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 almost exclusively during mid-day, though it appears as if there is some activity in the later part of the night too, ceasing as dawn breaks.

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hello Mehmet
super sharpness composition with good sunlight
great shot
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-03 8:52]

Hello Mehmet,
Beautiful sharp detailed photo in beautiful light. Good POV. The composition is a bit tiny, in my opinion. Nice contrasting dark BG.

Hello Mehmet,
Nice sharp macro, beautiful light, POV. Nice BG too.
TFS, regards,

Ciao Mehmet, great capture of fantastic maiting couple, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, Happy Easter my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Mehmet
Wonderful pair of butterfly in the love moment!
Details and colors are perfect!

Merhaba Dostum Mehmet,

Kıç kıça:) aşkın en güzel örneklerinden birini sunmuşsun.
Doğru yerde doğru zxmanda harika bir çekim yapmışsın.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık. Selam ve sevgiler.


çiftleşme halindeki Beyazlardan nefis bir yakın çekim. renkler, netlik, pozlama ve açı çok güzel. elinize sağlık Mehmet Bey. iyi geceler, selamlar.

güzel bir an iyi yakalamışsınız

Merhaba Mehmet,
a splendid macro shot of Pieris, superb sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, a very nice composition, well done.
Tebrik enderim
Ciao Maurizio

Selamlar mehmet bey,
tür ve fotoğraf çok güzel,
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-05 9:48]

A fine capture Mehmet of this butterfly couple. Sahrp image with a fine exposure in a well composed scene. Very well done!


Una toma muy equilibrada y con un bello juego de colores. Preciosa.
Un abrazo Mehmet: Josep Ignasi.

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