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Pieris rapae

Pieris rapae
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 338 N: 4267] (13168)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-11 14:00
Viewed: 3318
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cabbage White Butterfly - Pieris rapae Female
Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 inches (4.5 - 5.8 cm).
Identification: Upperside of wings white; forewing with black tip. Two submarginal black spots in female, one in male. Underside of hindwing and forewing apex evenly yellow-green or gray-green. Spring and fall short-day form is smaller, less yellow, with reduced black areas.
Life history: Males patrol for females. Females lay single eggs on undersides of host leaves.
Flight: Two to three in northern part of range; 7-8 in the south. It is usually the first butterfly to emerge in spring.
Caterpillar hosts: Many plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family and occasionally some in the caper family (Capparidaceae).
Adult food: Flower nectar from a very wide array of plants including mustards, dandelion, red clover, asters, and mints.
Habitat: Almost any type of open space including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, cities, and suburbs.
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. They are native from Europe.
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.
Cabbage white butterflies overwinter as pupae and emerge in early spring. After mating they lay their eggs on plants of the mustard family (crucifers), but particularly relish cabbage and broccoli plants. Eggs are usually laid on the underside of the leaf, where the caterpillars also hang out. Caterpillars are a velvety green with faint white lines along the sides. They chew big holes in the leaves. If you see this kind of damage, turn the leaf over and look carefully: you can probably apprehend the culprit.
An interesting, easily observed behavior is the spiral flight. When a male shows interest in a female that has already mated, she indicates her lack of interest by rising, the two butterflies circling each other, until the male loses interest and drops back to the ground. The female then comes down more slowly and resumes egg-laying (Stokes 1983).

I took this interesting info from this site.

F8 - 1/400
PP: Crop, Slight NI, selective lower saturation, levels, frame, resize.
I know it will a bit dark for some tastes but I like them like this :)

Crypton, ellis49, PDP, japie, gerhardt, phlr, tiobibi has marked this note useful
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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-10-11 14:04]

Hi Felipe
Absolutely beautiful b'fly with great texture, also the flower is nicely backlighted.

j'adore !
la couleur du papillon est vraiment tres belle et les details comme les minuscule point noire sur les ailes sont vraiment jolies.
le noir que l'on voit est subtilement bien fais car il permet de faire resortir encore plus la couleurs claire du papillon.
very nice done.

Great Felipe
Very nice colours , very good details in the wings, and nice composition.
Great note.
Good job.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-11 14:18]

Hi Felipe, Great lighting, the abdomen can be is nicely shadowed on the wings. Great compo and colours. Very nice work.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-11 14:28]

I like this composition because the everyting besides the butterfly is busy and mostly green. The butterfly on the other hand is light and smooth. This makes the butterfly stand out more. The DOF and sharpness is good as well.

Thanks for posting

Stunning use of backlight Felipe. Nice colours and composition. Nice note too. TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-11 16:27]

Que dificil captura Felipe... resolver el tema iluminacion no creo que sea facil en una situacion asi, pero lo has hecho perfectamente logrando un efecto de semitransparencia en el insecto que es muy bonito.
Atinado encuadre y perspectiva.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-13 11:10]

Hallo Fellipe,
I love this kind of shot and you know that, it's a very good composition with colours you made here, and I like the shot very much, great job

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2004-10-13 20:45]

J'aime bien ce papillon, Felipe. Tu l'as bien capturé. Bonne profondeur de champ. Belles couleurs. Excellente composition. Juste assez de renforcement. Bravo!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-25 9:23]

Felipe, bonita foto desta bonita borboleta. Ótimo ângulo, excelente nitidez e belas cores. O fundo (BG) desfocado destaca a beleza do inseto e da flor.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-29 8:07]

Very good photo of this commmon buterfly!
Very nice POV!
Very good on details too!

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