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Pieris napi #3 - Green-veined White

Pieris napi #3 - Green-veined White
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Copyright: Goran Ogen (sgo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies Summer -06 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-28 23:18
Viewed: 3105
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pieris napi from Fleeting Memories From Summer -06. The specimen here is seen savouring Cirsium arvense, "Creeping Thistle".

There wasn't enough space in the two previous postings to include the following fascinating piece of curiosity about the the Green-veined White's ingenious method of gene-propagation: namely that males - besides being reported to have a distinctive citric smell - inject an antiaphrodisiac (methyl salicylate) during copulation which causes other males to stay away because of the repellent smell of this chemical compound. Thus the female can at ease prepare for her/their offspring, and the first male's paternity of the eggs is guaranteed thanks to this form of chemical, non-violent, mate guarding. This is tricky but not surprising, considering how tricky nature is, but it's really a tricky feat of modern scientists to have discovered the trick!

Full taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pieris
Species: napi

For names in most European vernaculars, distribution maps, etc., the interested student is recommended to visit European Butterflies.

1: Nationalnyckeln till Sveriges flora och fauna: Fjärilar - Dagfjärilar. Hesperiidae - Nymphalidae (2005),
2: Bo Söderström: Svenska fjärilar. En fälthandbok (2006).
3: Wikipedia

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-28 23:49]

Really sharp details, Goran.
Perfect POV with excellent light and exposure.
The colors are deligtful.
The composition is lovely, if a bit tight.
TFS. : )

G'day Goran
This is the best of the three you have posted, great detail, POV and DOF. Well done
TFS regards Paul

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-01 1:05]

Hi Goran,
lovely details and composition,
the colours are pleasing to the eye,
Good work,
Cheers :D

Ciao Goran,
bel close up con ottimi colori e dettagli, bella la nota informativa.

Hi Goran, this is a very good composition of this butterfly. You have excellent detail of the butterfly and thistle (especially those antennae), yet you have managed very well to exclude the background through your choice of depth of field. Oh, and it's a very interesting note.

Thanks, John

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-01 3:10]

Hola Goran,
buen trabajo,
nitidez y excelente composición...
buenos detalles, saludos

Bonjour Goran,
C'est à la fois dense et léger, superbement détaillé avec une originale opposition de couleurs dans une très belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hola Goran,
Buena toma de mucha nitidez y bella composición, la textura de la flor y mariposa son excelentes. Un cordial saludo

Hello Goran,

excllent colors Bg POV DOF, exllent colors Bg POV DOF details very crisp I really like this compsure excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-01 11:17]

Bonjour Goran
Excellente composition, très belles couleurs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

bonjour goran
ils sont deja loin les cliché avec un manque de piqué.cette photo est parfaite.felicitations.

Hola Goran.
Preciosa foto,todo esta muy bien,composicion,nitidez,luz,colores.Saludos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-08 11:33]

Hi Goran.
Your butterfly collection is fantastic. This one is amazing too. I like all components of your picture: wonderful composition, excellent POV, great sharpness an details of the butterfly and flower. DOF is selected precisely: main subject is in focus, BG is well blurred and very nice too. Superb work and my best wishes.

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