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Green-veined White

Green-veined White
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 2:49
Viewed: 3820
Points: 22
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Green-veined White (from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia):

The Green-veined White (Pieris napi) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pieris
Species: P. napi

Binomial name
Pieris napi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Appearance, Behaviour and Distribution

Widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent. Some authors consider the Mustard White of North America to be conspecific with napi. It is found in meadows, hedgerows and woodland glades but not as often in gardens and parks like its close relatives the Large and Small Whites, for which it is often mistaken. Like other "white" butterflies, the sexes differ. The female has two spots on each forewing, the male only one. The veins on wings of the female are usually more heavily marked. The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint, hence Green-veined White! Unlike these two butterflies it rarely chooses garden cabbages to lay its eggs on, preferring wild crucifers.

Life Cycle and Foodplants

The eggs are laid singularly on a wide range of foodplants including Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata, Cuckooflower Cardamine pratense, Water-cress Rorippa nastutium-aquaticum, Charlock Sinapis arvensis, Large bitter-cress Cardamine amara, wild cabbage Brassica oleracea and wild Radish Raphanus raphanistrum and so it is rarely a pest in gardens. The caterpillar is green and well camouflaged. It is often found feeding on the same plant as the Orange Tip but never competes for food because it only feeds on the leaves whereas the Orange Tip caterpillar feeds on the flowers and developing seed pods. Like other Pieris spp. it overwinters as a pupa. It can produce up to three broods in a year.
Recent research has shown that when males mate with a female, they inject methyl salicylate along with their sperm. The smell of this compound repels other males, thus ensuring the first male's paternity of the eggs—a form of chemical mate guarding.
The adult male of this species has a distinctive lemon smell.


Jim Asher et al.: The Millennium Atlas of Butterflies of Britain and Ireland Oxford university Press.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-06 2:58]

Wonderful old Pieris napi!
Great sharp details and lovely colors!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-06 3:22]

Hi Paras,what a incredible sharpness!!!!The best way to understand the age of this old Pieris! Fantastic composition too whit beautiufuls colors and great POV.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

hello Paras
super sharpness macro with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Paras,
er war schon ein wenig zerfläddert, aber immer noch wunderschön. Man sieht jedes Detail sehr gut und das Licht ist so schön sonnig. Danke, wir müssen nun wieder lange warten, bis wir diese zauberhaften Insekten wiedersehen. Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Paras. Strong sharp and light too for a very interesting compo. The best contrast aganinst blurred BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-06 6:55]

Hello Paras,
A fine macro of an old and worn Green-veined White taken from a nice POV with excellent sharpness and colours against a contrasting natural OOF BG. I like the details of the eye.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-06 10:45]

Hi Paras . The Green-veined White stands out so well from the BG. You have taken it with fine detail and sharp focusing. I like the contrast in colour from the bright flower. against the darker BG. well taken TFs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-06 12:17]

Hello MF Paras,
beautifull shot for this old pieris napi ,very nice the colours of flowers,perfect sharpness,thanks for share.
Best regards Siggi

Namastay Bhaijaan Paras,

Stunning image of an old but pretty butterfly on an old thistle:)
The clarity and details are wonderful, as is the focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!

Ps.sorry for green smiles! i consumed them early. Hope you do not mind!

Hello Paras,

another image from an butterfly with good pov and dof and details.
Fine colours.


hello paras
superb shot of this Green-veined White taken perfectly and with very sharp details, the flower is also well detailed
fine DOF and beautiful sunlight
Have a good night

Hi Paras,

The flower is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Greeen-veined White butterfly. The sharpness is very good to a point some area seem to be oversharpened. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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