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Pontia edusa

Pontia edusa
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-08 6:54
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Pontia
Species:P. edusa

The Eastern Bath White (Pontia edusa) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae.
Pontia edusa is a small to medium-sized migrant butterfly, with a wingspan reaching about 45 mm. The upperside of the wings is white, with black stains on the top of the forewing and hindwing. The hind wing undersides have greenish-gray spots. The butterfly is nearly identical to Pontia daplidice. Investigations of the genitals are the only way to distinguish between these two types.
The adults fly from March to October with two to four generations depending on the latitude. The eggs are laid singly and have an incubation period of seven days. The caterpillars are present from May. They are greysh-greenish, with black dots and broad yellow stripes, quite similar to the larva of the Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris brassicae). The larvae feed on Resedaceae species. Pontia edusa hibernates in the chrysalis stage.
It is found from the South East of Europe (Southern France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia) up to Central Europe and Middle East in Iran and Iraq. It is a migrant who can also be encountered in Belgium, Holland, northern Germany and Poland, in the Baltic states and in southern Sweden and Norway.This species can be found in any open grassy or flowery areas, in stony or rocky places and in roadsides, especially where the host plants grow, at an altitude of 02,300 metres.


Pontia edusa (Fabricius, 1777) Farfalla delle Pieridi di medie dimensioni (apertura alare 36 - 48 mm). La parte superiore delle ali di colore bianco, con macchie nere sia nell'ala anteriore che in quella posteriore. La parte inferiore delle ali posteriori di colore verde-grigio a macchie. La farfalla quasi identica alla Pontia daplidice e solo le indagini dei genitali (a mezzo microscopio) permettono la distinzione tra queste due specie. Si trova dal sud-est Europa (Francia meridionale, Italia ) fino all'Europa centrale e il Medio Oriente in Iran e Iraq. Si tratta di una specie migrante che si pu incontrare anche in Belgio, Olanda, Germania settentrionale e la Polonia, nei paesi baltici e nel sud della Svezia e Norvegia. Con generazioni che vanno da due a quattro, a seconda della latitudine, gli adulti volano da marzo a ottobre.
Questa specie pu essere trovata in tutte le aree aperte erbose o fiorite, in luoghi sassosi e rocciosi e bordi delle strade, in particolare dove le piante ospiti crescono, dal piano basale a quello collinare. In Italia distribuita praticamente ovunque a differenza della Pontia daplidice che si pu trovare solo in Sardegna e nelle zone nord occidentali dell'Italia settentrionale.Questa specie pu essere trovata in tutte le aree aperte erbose o fiorite, in luoghi sassosi e rocciosi e bordi delle strade, in particolare dove le piante ospiti crescono, dal piano basale a quello collinare. Le uova vengono deposte singolarmente e hanno un periodo di incubazione di sette giorni. I bruchi sono presenti da maggio. Sono verdi-grigiastri, con punti neri e larghe strisce gialle, molto simili alla larva Pieris brassicae. La Pontia Edusa sverna come crisalide. Le larve si nutrono di varie specie di Resedaceae. (http://gdoremi.altervista.org/pieridi/Pontia_edusa/index.html)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-08 7:33]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful macro of this butterfly with half opened wings. Good sharpness and natural colours in a fine composition.

Hello Luciano-Beautiful coloured Butterfly.We can see its upper wings pattern.Quite well captured my friend.Good light and sharpness.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

hallo Luciano
great shot of this butterfly
good details and nice colours
the sharpness is perfect
greeting lou

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-07-08 11:07]

Hello Louciano

Very beautiful macro of Pontia edusa in a natural environment, nice details, nice DOF and nice composition. I know that it is not fully opened its wings often but it opens the half and for few moments.



Quest'anno scarseggia nella mia zona. Un po' il tempo ci mette del suo.... Bella luce - tunisina- e ottima gestione del colore. Perfetto il dettaglio.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-07-08 13:48]

Bonsoir Luciano,

Superbe varit de Pieris, les ailes ne sont pas compltement ouverte.
Magnifique dtails et trs bonne lumire, trs bonne composition.
Merci pour le partage et une agrable soire.
John vantighem

Ciao Luciano, one things for sure this fella was shot in his natural habitat..., perhaps a tad over exposed, a little off your best my good friend, however a good record shot and well done,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-07-08 23:37]

Very nice species, well captured. I would have cropped it a bit tighter.

Have a pleasant and productive day, Luciano,


Hello Luciano,
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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-10 3:46]

Ciao Luciano,
Very beautiful photo ..
Fine details and sharpness and very good focus.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
Nice species and well captured with fine details,lovely natural colours.
Best regards...Joy

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