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Cabbage White

Cabbage White
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 6:04
Viewed: 2972
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Spring no sooner peeks around an April cloud than the cabbage butterflies are on the wing, searching out broccoli and cabbage starts, nectaring on dandelions and Luminaria flowers. Actually, cabbage butterflies are not much of a pest at all compared with cabbage root maggots. So I prefer to think of them as an ideal study population for home-bound entomologists. There are lots of them, they fly right in your yard, they have a really long season, and they have qualities as interesting as more exotic insects.

The sex of cabbage butterflies can be readily determined. In addition to the dark spot at the outer "corner" of the forewing, upper (dorsal) side, females have two dark spots mid-wing, one above the other; males have only one. So right away you can study the proportion of females versus males over the season. There is also a tendency for early individuals to have much lighter markings than later ones, which adds interest and makes it harder to separate light cabbage butterflies from our native veined white, P. marginalis, which flies in suburban areas with good tree cover.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-04 6:14]

Hi Bob
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and lovely colors.I rally like the way you had blur the BG .
TFS Michel

A beautiful capture!
Wonderful natural sunlight - great 'happy' colors. :) Beautiful!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-04 7:01]

Hi Bob,
a very sharp capture of this Large White.
Detailed and colourful.
Great DOF.
Well done,

hello bob,
wow, this time its my favourite butterfly,
liked the way you have composed this shot, very suitable pov, lovely colours, nice framing,
tfs & regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-09-04 7:29]

Hello Bob,
Such modest butterfly but pretty on this Superb light and composition, natural colours.
Best regards, Pawel

Wonderful macro of Cabbage White, Bob. You have created a fantastic butterfly image from your point of view. The colors and details on the subject are delightful.
Thanks and take care.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-04 7:43]
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Hi Bob,
Splendid shot with rich colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and you have captured a fine. The OOF BG illustrates the vegetation well. Excellent POV to portray this charming scene and a superb composition. Kudos.

Hello Bob
Very intersting shot of this Cabbage White,
Perfect details,BG and lighting,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-04 8:57]
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Hello Bob,
Very beautiful composition showing the common Cabbage White on a yellow flower, both sharply in focus. Sharp details and lovely colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

Lovely capture. The lighting is perfect, the blend of pastels really adds to this, and much like angrybone's photos, gives me an apprecation for the Creator whose hand is on all creatures. I feel a sense of peace and wonder as I glance at this. The careful blend of colors heightens what is already here. Excellent job, my friend! Too bad I can't double the points!

Hi Bob,
I'll echo Michel, beautiful composition. The DOF here that isolates the Bf with the simplicity of the OOF bg works super.
The flower and Bf are so delicate and well seen.
Your new Nk D50 and Sigma lens serves you well.

Hi Bob,
A lovely and high quality image!
I like so much the way the light bath the butterfly, and produces that subtle tones on it.
You managed so well the DOF to produce that soft yellow spots with the other flowers, that works great for the composition.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Bob
Very strange but interesting efect with flower blades at different angles in foreground and buckground. Good sharpnes on main object. Nice OOF buckground.
Best wishes

Hi Bob,

Lovely image: great colours and light; the composition is spot on and the background really pleasant. Well seen and executed.


Hi Bob, great composition, filled with delicacy, the pose of this pretty butterfly is marvellous, colours are soft and delicate. a very pretty background supplements this very good job well
Cheer and many thanks for shared,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-04 12:06]

Hi Bob. Something a bit different from you today. you have captured the butterfly with fine detail. good focusing on the flower as well. bright colours ,with a nice POV. well done TFS.


Lovely image Bob,

I really like the way the light is playing on the wings

Great capture, really good clarity and nice perspective.


Hi friend,
Magnificent capture of butterfly in lovely pose and interesting flower! Great sharpness and fine colours! I like the soft background and the composition is very beautiful! Take care Ana:)

bonjour Bob

belle composition, bien focusé, beau backround,
les fleurs jaunes du backround ne gène pas à l'image
(je dis cela car parfois le backround gène à l'image)
et j'aime le cadrage de l'image aussi superbe couleur du papillon



Hi Bob,
Great capture of the Cabbage White. Excellent detail and color against a fine multi-colord BG. Very well done.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-09-05 5:00]

Bob, this is an amazing shot. Lovely and the angle and the POV is superb. Ganesh

Mostly our pictures on wildlife depicts a good documentation than the esthetic sense. Your pictures twine both in a single frame.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-06 6:37]

This is another of those images that takes me back to childhood, for this is a butterfly that seemed more common then than the brilliant monarchs.
And when I had a vegetable garden, I was forever chasing them away and hunting for eggs and caterpillars before I lost more cabbages to their voracious appetites.
Outstanding composition, with superb colours and details

Bonjour Bob
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons comme toutes tes autres prises d'ailleur..Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Sympathique composition bien équilibrée et bonne utilisation du flou et net.
Bonne journée.

Gorgeous color and details with an incredible pov! TFS

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