Small Cabbage White
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|Small Cabbage White,Pieris rapae |
Distribution and Habitat
The species has a natural range across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America. The species has spread to all of North American life zones from Lower Austral/Lower Sonoran to Canada. Estimates show that a single female of this species might be the progenitor in a few generations of millions. It is absent or scarce in desert and semidesert regions (except for irrigated areas). It is not found north of Canadian life zone, nor on Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. By 1898, the small white had spread to Hawaii; by 1929, it had reached New Zealand  and the area around Melbourne, Australia and found its way to Perth as early as 1943.
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 the spring and flying until hard freeze in the fall.
The species can be found in any open area with diverse plant association. It can be seen usually in towns, but also in natural habitats, mostly in valley bottoms. Although an affinity towards open areas is shown, the small white is found to have entered even small forest clearings in recent years.
The nominate subspecies P. r. rapae is found in Europe, while Asian populations are placed in the subspecies P. r. crucivora. Other subspecies include atomaria, eumorpha, leucosoma, mauretanica, napi, novangliae, and orientalis.
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- [2016-03-30 1:55]
Hi Ram,a very difficult situation talking about the light levels,but not for you as i can see,the result is very very good,a beautiful capture of this common butterfly in my country too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Brilliant capture. Excellent clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this lovely and interesting specie.
Great sharpness picture with good light and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou
Ciao Ram, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful flower, fantastic light, woonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Tac sharp detail and bright colour create this beautiful image. I love the soft lighting and excellent DOF. Great notes too. It's nice to see the flowers blooming again.
- [2016-03-30 17:49]
I see the butterflies are starting to move about in your country. This is a lovely shot of the Small Cabbage White from an attractive POV. Super sharp focus displaying exceptional detail. Beautiful color tones and just the right amount of exposure. Great work!!