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Small and white!


Small and white!
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Copyright: Richa Tewari (shree) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic lumix DMC FZ28
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-26 6:37
Viewed: 3059
Points: 10
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Cabbage white butterfly, small white butterfly:
Pieris rapae

These butterflies can be seen flying in gardens from July to September. Their small green caterpillars are notorious for their preference of cabbages and their relatives.

Statistics


Wingspan: 45mm.

Physical description:
A small white butterfly, occasionally pale yellow. Males have a single black spot on the forewings, females have two.

The caterpillars are green with yellow stripes on the back and sides.

Distribution:
They inhabit Europe, north-west Africa and Asia. They have been introduced to North America and Australia.

Habitat:
They inhabit gardens, meadows and fields.

Diet:
The larvae feeds on plants in the mustard family (Cruciferae), including cabbage, mustard and cauliflower.

Behaviour:
Adults can be seen from July to September.

Reproduction:
This butterfly can have up to three generations in a single year but normally has only two. In autumn the final generation pupates and overwinters in chrysalis form, emerging as the first generation of butterflies in July of the following year.

Conservation status:
Cabbage whites are not listed as endangered on IUCN Red List 2000.

Notes:
Cabbage whites are native to Europe but have been introduced to North America where they are a serious pest of crops.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pieris
Species: P. rapae

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References -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/398.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_White

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Hello Richa
a fine macro capture of this beautiful Pieris rapae from interesting point of view with excellent details, wonderful colors and focusing for a great composition!
Livio

Hi Richa,

Beautiful, rich color with a light seasoned almost magical! .. good job! ... beautifully composed and with a simple but adequate framework! .. did with the zoom? achieved a perfect background despite the f/7.1, it is often the case with the zoom. Beautiful work! better in better!

Jesús

Ciao Richa, beautiful composition with wonderful butterfly on nice flower, splendid light and colors, fantastic details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Richa..
Superb macro and colours.. very beautiful butter fly.. Somehow I did not shooting this butterfly :D
Thanks for sharing..
Regards
Özgür...

hello Richa

an excellent macro-photo with the very fine POV
at the level of the subject, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful hard luminosity,

TFS

Asbed

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