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Small White

Small White
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-29 6:16
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small to mid-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also commonly known as the Small Cabbage White. The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.

It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.

In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance.

Life cycle
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 spring, flying until hard freeze in the fall.

Its caterpillars can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, kale, radish, and horseradish but it will readily lay eggs on wild members of the cabbage family such as Charlock Sinapis arvensis and Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale. The eggs are laid singularly on foodplant leaves.

Traditionally known in the United States as the "Imported Cabbage Worm", now more commonly the "Cabbage White", the caterpillars are green and well camouflaged. Caterpillars rest on the undersides of the leaves, thus making them less visible to predators. Unlike the Large White, they don't store the mustard oils from their foodplants and so are not distastful to predators like birds. Like many other "White" butterflies it hibernates as a pupa. It is also one of the most cold-hardy of the non-hibernating butterflies, occasionally seen emerging during mid-winter mild spells in cities as far north as Washington D.C.

Like its close relative the Large White this is a strong flyer and the British population is increased by continental immigrants in most years. Adults are diurnal and fly almost exclusively during mid-day, though it appears as if there is some activity in the later part of the night too, ceasing as dawn breaks (Fullard & Napoleone 2001).

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Goldy,
once again i'm your neighbour.Excellent capture of this beautifull butterfly.Nice color and light and very interesting composition,

A fine macro-capture of this beautiful White Goldy, an almost lateral viewpoint produced a sharply focused and well exposed image. TFS my friend.

Bellissima macro, bello ed inusuale POV, molto bella la composizione con le varie tonalità di verde, ottima nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Brother Goldy,
Splendid and perfect macro shot of this Small White.
Wonderful DOF, POV and framing my friend!


Hi Goldy,

That's a beautiful butterfly you've captured. I like this composition, beautiful natural colours, good light and details.

Greetings, Nel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-29 9:18]

Hi Goldy,

A lovely macro of this butterfly. Colors and details are wonderful. I love the position on the beautiful green leaves. A marvelous composition and a very pretty picture.


hello Goldy,
nicely captured butterfly.
I don't know this specie and i never seen it before.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-29 9:39]

Hola Goldy.
Una vez mas una exelente y fina foto. Agradables colores naturales de las alas de la Mariposa. Alta nitidez y colorido.
Saludos My friend.

Bonsoir Goldy
Les détails rendus par ta photo sont très interessant.
la netteté donne beaucoup à cette prise de vue , dans un mélange de verts.
Merci à bientôt

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-29 10:00]

Hello Goldy,
A good shot taken from an unusual POV with good sharpness of a Pierid butterfly (I don't think this is the small white). Nice contrasting BG too.
TFS this fine image,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-29 13:21]

Hello Goldy, wonderful macro shot! TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-29 13:47]

Hi . very late home so just a note for now to say good picture .well done TFS.

Hi Goldie,

Very good capture of this Small White with good composition, sharp details and great colours.



WOW, how easy it would be to walk right by this and never see him - talk about Nature's camouflage! The DOF and POV you used does help bring him into focus - and you did a fantastic job at that - congratulations for making it happen! This is an incredible capture and once more, this is a photo that could easily fit onto the TV show on the animal planet channel 'fooled by nature' much as the marmot and several other critters.
The wings are illuminated and that helps locate him. Lovely photo all the way around.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-29 20:49]

Hello Goldy,
Marvelous macro image Goldy, well detailed, colored and superbly composed. Great work my friend.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2008-05-29 21:24]

Nice macro image Goldy. Well composed. I liked your POV here. TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6573 W: 89 N: 15656] (65477)
  • [2008-05-30 1:22]

Hi Goldy,beauitufll capture,perfect under all therms of valutation,very nice choice of point of view,thanks for share,LUCIANO

hello Goldy

excellent shot of this camouflaged butterfly with his environnement,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful luminosity
of the image, with great sharpness and details of the foreground,



Hi Goldy, this is a nicely composed shot of this Small White. Great focus on the head, with good use of your depth of field to give good definition on the rest of the insect. Great colour throughout.

Thanks, John

Hi goldy nice shot
good sharpness nice focused and so you god a great contrast
very well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-02 6:34]

Hi Goldy,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Small White in a fabulous pose. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and superb lighting. Among those green leaves it stands out nicely. Very creative POV and very nice composition. Kudos.

Hello Goldy. Excellent sharpness on this butterfly. Pleasant light and well exposed. Regards. jusni

Hallo Goldy
A dainty butterfly with spectacular shades of greens, browns and yellows on the wings showing off the lovely speckled markings. It is a tiny and I am sure very fragile insect. A beautiful species well captured. The clarity of the eye, paws and furry body is well seen and displayed. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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