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Pieris rapae mating

Pieris rapae mating
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-28 9:02
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Points: 10
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Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lepidoptera: Pieridae
Common names: Small white, Cabbage white

I shooted this pair of Pieris rapae mating today 28 January, a very nice and hot sunny day after 15 days very cold and rainy weather.

Pieris rapae is one of the most widespread butterfly species which can be found almost everywhere. This species is also known to migrate from the continent, sometimes flying in great swarms, augmenting the resident population in the process.It is believed that this butterfly can fly up to 100 miles in its lifetime although, undoubtedly, most butterflies will only travel a mile or two.

Habitat:This species is found in a wide variety of habitats and can turn up almost anywhere, including gardens, allotments, parks, meadows, open grassland, and hedgerows.

Larval Foodplants: The primary larval foodplants are Crucifers (various) (Cruciferae family (various)) and Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus). Charlock (Sinapis arvensis), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale), Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba), Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea) are also used.

Adults: This highly-mobile butterfly can turn up almost anywhere and is a familiar sight in gardens and it is attracted to various nectar sources, in particular those with white flowers. Here they are mating on flowers of Buttercup oxalis, Oxalis pes caprae

4-5 generations could be developed in a year in Crete

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-28 11:06]

Hi Nikos,beautiful capture of these Yellow rapae mating in a nice flower,great DOF for the best sharpness and perfect exposure too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-28 18:15]

Hello Nikos,
A lovely shot of these two beautiful mating Cabbage Whites. I like the warm lighting and nice detail. Composition is great and you obtained plenty of DOF.

hallo Nikos
very nice composition with lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-30 1:29]

Hi Nikos,
Amazing colours and sharpness details of these nice butterflies.
Nice composition. Gorgeous and interesting background.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Nikos,
What a lovely time is taking picture.
Well done.

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