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Wood White

Wood White
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 12:57
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Hello All
shot taken a few month again, the last days, we had again very bad weather, this year i had not a lot of opportunity to go out for taken photos, i hope it will be better soon

fr :Piéride de la Moutarde ou piéride du lotier
uk : Wood White
ge : Senfweissling
Ne : boswitje


Scientific classification
L. sinapis
Binomial name
Leptidea sinapis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Wood White (Leptidea sinapis), is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is found in Europe and eastwards across the Caucasus, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Middle Asia, Kazakhstan and South Siberia to the Baikal region.

Geographical variation is slight but the following subspecies are recognized: spp. sinapis (Linnaeus, 1758) European (type locality Sweden , W. Siberia, the S. Altai; ssp. pseudodiniensis (Pfeiffer, 1927) the Caucasus , Kopet-Dagh; ssp. melanoinspersa Verity, 1911 W. and N. Tian-Shan, Dzhungarsky Alatau, Alay Mountains. There is an uncertainly ranked form from Darvaz.

The insect is found in meadows, forest edges and sparse forests up to 2,500 m above sea level.The adult flies from April-October in two, sometimes three, generations. Host plants in Europe (Eckstein, 1913; Lorkovic, 1947; Ebert, 1991): Fabaceae (Lathyrus pratensis, Lotus corniculatus, Vicia spp.).

Similar species are Lepidea morsei Leptidea duponcheli, L. amurensis and Leptidea reali

Appearance, behaviour and distribution (Britain and Ireland)

Once a common and widespread butterfly across the southern half of the UK, this species has seen a drastic decline over the past 150 years. It is now found only in a few scattered colonies in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Surrey and Somerset. In Ireland, Wood Whites are much more common and widespread than in England. Moreover, until 2001, they were thought to be expanding their range there. However, it is now known that the vast majority are the almost identical species Réal's Wood White Leptidea reali. L. sinapis is only found in the Burren region in the west of Ireland. It is Britain's smallest and rarest white butterfly and has a slow, delicate flight. Rarely, if ever, this species can be seen on treeless, unforested areas. The upperside is white with greyish tips to the forewings but they never settle with their wings open. The underside is a pale greyish green and serves as a good camouflage when settled. It has one main flight period in a season, late may to June but in warm summers a partial second shorter one occurs in August.

Lifecycle and foodplants (Britain and Ireland)

The female lays her eggs on various members of the pea family in late May and June, most commonly Meadow Vetchling Lathyrus pratensis, bitter vetch Lathyrus linifolius, Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca and Birds-foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus. The larvae are green and well camouflaged on their foodplant. Pupation takes place at the end of July in surrounding scrub and it is this stage which overwinters.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-16 16:17]
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Salut Jacqueline,c'est surement pas ta meilleure photo mais je suis content de te retrouver apres mes vacances,surement tu aura des nouvelles occasions pour faire mieux aussi si cette photo avec cette lumiere difficile est deja un petit miracle..ehehe...bonne nuit ou..bon Mardi! Luciano

Gran suavidad en el conjunto con unas interesantes luces y colores. Supongo que el efecto especial visible fue intencionado; sea como fuere, un bonito trabajo.
Saludos Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-16 20:12]

Hello Jaqueline,
Wonderful work of this lovely and fragile Leptidea sinapis.
Colors and details are great
Perfect blurred BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-16 22:05]

Hello Jaqueline,
Though there is a slight aura of noise around the butterfly and flower, this is a beautiful capture of the Wood White on a Cardamine flower. The sharpness of the main subject, the composition, natural colours and clean natural Bg make this an attractive image.
Thanks and best regards,
We too have bad weather just now!

Hello Jacqueline, lovely shot of this beautiful white butterfly. Nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Good Morning MF Jacquelline,

Nice capture of this beautiful white from lateral POV. As indicated by Ivan there is a bit OE on white flowers and noisy around the b-fly and flower MF! However, the DOF, details and composition are all excellent!
TFS and Have a nice day MF!


Hi Jacqueline,
Although some noise are visible but still then a very nice capture of this beautiful wood white butterfly. Very well composed with a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-17 6:01]

this looks like a painting, may be because of the noise, good colors and soft lighting. tfs.

Hi Jaqueline,grandma,

a good picture and dof, pov from this flower and butterfly with fine colours.
It looks on my monitor a little to much unsharpmask?


hello Jacqeuline
very nice and soft picture with good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Jacqueline
very nice macro shot of beautiful Wood White on light colored flowers. you nicely captured it against blurry green BG. nice details, POV/DOF and composition. thanks for sharing, have a good night

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-08-17 18:29]

Hola Jacqueline.
Muy hermosa la foto de hoy. Me agradan los colores, nitidez e iluminacion lograda aqui.
Felicidades por tan hermosa foto Jacqueline.

Ciao Jacqueline,
une belle photo de ce petit papillon, merveilleuses couleurs, très agréable et harmonieuse composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-19 6:43]

Hello Jacqueline,
A beautiful image even though it lacks sharpness! I love the dreamy effect and the dainty little Wood White hanging on to the flower with its rolled-up proboscis. Lovely colours too and well composed.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

Hola Jacqueline

Una interesante imagen, con ese juego de luces que has conseguido, creo que con subir la nitidez, te ha quedado un trabajo excelente y muy agradable. Perfecto.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-20 1:11]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Une image charmante de la Piéride de la moutarde, mais je me demande d'où viennent ces effets particuliers qui donnent un aspect peint à l'image? Une autre manière de voir, cela plaira ou non. La présentation et le cadrage sont bien choisis. Un papillon qui chez nous aussi devient plus rare.
Bonne journée

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-08-21 23:38]

Hello Jacqueline,
Although there is some evidence of a little noise (possibly due to over sharpening) around the tiny blooms and top of butterflies wings, I really like the softness and back lighting in your image. The way the blooms and butterflies wings are illuminated from behind gives this photo a unique and attractive appearance.

Ciao Jacqueline, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Both the flower and the insect show a tremendous amout of detail.
Great piece of photography work.
Your notes are so very detailed... what a lesson.
Mario with warm regards from COLD Canada.

Hellow Jacqueline,
Soft focus and noisy effect has created an impressive image of this butterfly.Well worked out and a interesting capture.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-29 3:56]

Hello Jacqueline,
excellent production of this small butterfly. the colours are soft and pretty. the contrast adds prettiness alongside with the effect of light in the environment.
Very simple but attractive indeed.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 9:32]

Hello Jacqueline,
This image has a dream like quality to it, the colours and composition are exquisite. Splendid work Jacqueline, thank you.

Hi Jacqueline. You have captured this beautiful butterfly in beautiful perch. Love the details around the compound eye and the way you have silenced the green background behind the white. Well done and best regards - Jusni

bonjour Jacqueline

jolie photo de ce papillon sur sa fleur,
avec un excellent POV, j'aurais juste donné
un cadrage plus sérré du côté droit de l'image,
belles et douces luminosité et couleurs, TFS


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