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A REAL Butterfly!

A REAL Butterfly!
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-01 16:28
Viewed: 4089
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pieris rapae, the White Cabbage Butterfly
Introduced to New Zealand. PEST!

Yesterday I caught a REAL butterfly in the REAL world, and NOT at the B’Fly House. Even if it is only a pesty old White Cabbage Butterfly, I CAUGHT IT!! I stopped at a wall of lavender to see if the bees were visiting, and there was a W C B. I haven't even seen one in our vege garden all summer, and now it's autumn. I hope you enjoy it!

Adult White Butterfly’s are moth-like insects that you will commonly see in summer, flitting around the garden, particularly near your vege patch. Their wings, of which there are four, are a dirty white/cream colour, over a dark greyish body. The female has two pairs of spots on the wings which are closest to the insects’ head, while the male only has one pair of spots. The rear set of wings has one pair of spots on both sexes.

Eggs are laid on the underside of the leaves and are laid singly. The initial creamy-white colour of the egg changes to orange just before it hatches and a tiny caterpillar emerges.

The caterpillar is dull green in colour, and is covered with minute hairs, which give it a velvety soft look. When the caterpillars are nearly mature, an orange stripe can sometimes be seen along its back.

The next stage of the White Butterfly Caterpillars life – the pupa – are very rarely seen by most home gardeners, making it a difficult stage to use for identification or control.

In summer the butterfly emerges from the cacoon after about two weeks. The upper surfaces of the wings are white with black tips to the forewings, and a light black spot on the front margin of the hindwings.

Males and females are only slightly different. In the middle of each forewing, the male has only one spot but the females have a pair of black spots. On both female and male the underside of the front wings are quite the same. This is a male White Cabbage Butterfly

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-01 16:32]

Wow Janice!

You capture one the best picture of a white cabbage butterfly that I ever saw!!! Composition, pov, dof, wings details cannot be more perfect!!! The only thing is that it seems to have little noise in the background...

Ciao! and TFS,


Hi Janice,
Nice capture. Isn't it always way more satisfying capturing animals/birds/insects away from the confines of zoos and the like. Still I think that B'fly House out at Mangere is a great place to practice.

Very nice butterfly shot Janice. Great macro, I like the details, sharpness and DOF. Very interesting note too. Great work! This is a very nice composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-05-01 17:11]

Hi Janice,

Well done on the capture and composition and details.
A little noisy.


Hi Janice,
Very pleasing frame, I like it.
Excellent detail and color, great light and DOF. I like the POV and composition also..
If you're open to constructive critique? :)
I would apply a slight blur to the BG, and remove that little green leaf, bottom left frame...
Very well done mf!

Great capture Janice,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

This is a great composition Janece.
Superb colors and great detalils with good POV and very nice BG.

Hi Janice...from New Zealand :) Nice capture of your cabbage butterfly. He's still rather beautiful sitting on the lavander. I love how the lavander peeks through behind him adding that gorgeous lavander colour. Your lighting is perfect. :) Janice/Canada

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-01 18:48]

Hi Janice,

Very nice shot and compositon.

TFS :-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-05-01 19:00]

Hello Janice,
An excellent capture.
Very good exposure,nice detail and a good BG.
A difficult species to capture,they are very quick.
You've done a great job.


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  • cruize (30)
  • [2006-05-01 19:23]

Hi Janice, the detail here is great...you can see the tiny hairs on the wings. The colours are nice and I like the grainy BG. I notice a chunk ouT of the right wing - I wonder if this affects the butterflies aerodynamics and flying ability at all?


Hi Janice,
A very excellent shot on this Pest! (White Cabbage Buterfly)
I really like the composition and framing on this. Beautiful subtle colors. Very nice detail shown. DOF looks perfect.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-01 21:45]

Bonjour Janice!

J'aime bien cette photo,l'expositions fait bien ressortir les couleurs et la qualité d'image est parfaite.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Nice colors, Janice. I like the framing also.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-05-01 22:18]

Hi Janice!

Nice close-up! Focus is sharp and exposure is excellent. Cropping and composition looks good. Shallow DOF and blured BG are beautifull.

Splendid image and TFS.

Hi Janice

Great shot. Well done on handling the exposure. There are plenty of these guys around at present. Good POV. Only nit is the BG has a lot of noise. Well done Girl!

Hi Janice

Excellent white color and details

In a friendly way Christophe

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-02 4:59]

Simply the best!
Excellent DOF and stunning details!
Perfect POV!
Above scale photo!

Bonjour Janice
C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli papillon, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et le BG et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Les + Plustard

An excellent image of this common butterfly. What this shot demonstrates is that regardless of how relatively common your subject is, you can still get capture a fantastic image that make people look. And that's exactly what you've done here Janice. A superb shot, perfectly composed with stunning definition of wing veins and folds. The whites are perfectly exposed. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-02 8:58]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.
I liked POV,colors,framing,lighting and composition a lot.
Exposure is spot on.Excellent work!

It's beautiful ... great macro with good colours! Great details, POV, DOF, sharp...
Thanks Ana:)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-02 20:19]

Hello Janice, I like a lot this shot. Very rich details, and the butterfly is really beautiful. Great exposure. Well done, Gabriel

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-05-03 6:42]
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Congratulations and welcome in the real world, Janice.

Today, I have time to write some words. It is raining in my world.

Few days ago I saw:

A litlle blue butterfly
With the color of your eyes
Which whirled in the skies.

And that made a Sheakspeare of me ;-)

Thank you mf.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-03 21:25]

Hi Janice
A real butterfly caught with real enthusiasm and real joy in accomplishing this real excellent capture. That was a real mouth full. CONGRATULATIONS.
You did great with the composition, frame and POF. The colours are fine and the DOF is superb at f/9 with that Tamron lens starting to perform some amazing close-ups in your hands. The BG is remarkable (little bit of noise but nothing major that PP could not sort out) and the exposure came was done perfectly considering the difficulties in capturing white subjects.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-04 13:33]

This composition with a nice butterfly is pleasure for my eyes! We have this species in France. Interesting complementary note... Congratulations Janice and thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-06 10:21]

Hi Janice,
beautiful composition, the colors and details are lovely. Nice sharpness and great POV.

Hi Janice,
Wonderful shot. I like it.
Very good composition, framing, colors and sharp. Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

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