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Pieris napi

Pieris napi
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-01 3:54
Viewed: 4165
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Krzystof (cataclysta) and Peter (batu) for help to find the correct ID.


Pieris napi – Green Veined White (Pieridae)

Appearance: The upperwing background colour of this fairly small and delicate looking butterfly is white with the veins having a dark scaling. Both sexes have a dark tip to the forewing, although it is more pronounced on the female. Females have two spots whereas males have one. The wingspan varies between 40 and 48 mm.

Geographical distribution/ habitat: Europe through Asia and North America. Prefers fields, meadows and waysides where its host plants can be found.

Host plants: Cruciferous plants, eg. Cresses and Garlic mustard.

Food plants: Visits various flowers for nectar and is not fussy on them. In early summer though it prefers to visit dandelions and in the late summer thistles.

Flight time: Flies from May to October in 2 or 3 generations.

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très belle composition de papillon/fleur
jolies couleurs
, bons détails

Hi Heinz
Great photo. Very good composition. Quite good sharpnes. But it is not Pieris rapae it is Pieris napi
Best wishes

Ciao Heinz,
ottima foto di farfalla, bei dettagli e colori, stupenda composizione, bravo!


Since I am looking at a White soon after posting one myself yesterday, I can say that your image of this butterfly is decidedly far superior in terms of technical merit and also as a compo.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-01 4:57]

Hi Heinz

Another superb butterfly capture from you!
The diagonal composition here is excellent, the colors lovley and the details very nice nad sharp.
also the DOF helped very much in isolating the subject very well fro m the blurry BG and the very good esxposure made the best of all its features.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Heinz,
Nice composition.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-01 5:07]

Guten Morgen Heinz,
brilliant und scharf. An diesem tadellosen Exemplar des Weißlings stellst du die einfachen Flügelzeichnungen so dar, dass sie sehenswert erscheinen. Ich liebe feine Nuancen und das Detail.
Dein Bild zeigt Pieris napi, klar erkenntlich an den dunkleren Schuppen, die die Adern auf den Hinterflügeln begleiten. Dieses Merkmal ist bei alpinen Exemplaren noch deutlicher ausgeprägt - da können die Flügel fast komplett braun sein (ssp. bryoniae).
Schöne Grüße und einen schönen Tag noch,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-01 5:18]

Beautiful shot of the Small White Heinz. Lovely pose, especially on the thistle and the details are nice and sharp. Well done,

Good composition and beautiful colours.
Well done!

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2006-12-01 6:21]

I like the thorn decorated with this jewel:-))
Con's for the the capture!

Hello Heinz,
This is a beautiful capture of this little fragile and so nice specie. I like this composition and POV a lot along with great DOF that let us see a superb environment. Very good natural lightning, exposure and flower too. Regards,
PS, I sincerely think that your yesterday’s experiment was highly interesting, hoping to see others soon ;)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-01 7:45]

Hallo Heinz,
Schöne Präsentation dieses Rapsweisslings auf der leuchtenden Distel. Ich habe, wie es Peter Roos angedeutet hat, schon fast ganz braune Exemplare in unserer Gegend beobachtet.
liebe Grüsse

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-01 7:48]

Hallo Heinz,
das ist die richtige Medizin heute Morgen, wir sitzen unter Nebel und Regen, da kommt so ein toller Falter gans toll zur Wirkung. Und wie schoen er ausschaut - den hast du ja
prima getroffen, tolle natuerliche Farben,
klasse Schaerfe.
Eine herrliche Aufnahme.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-01 8:05]

Bonita macro Heinz con buen punto de vista y encuadre, apropiado foco y profundidad, siendo la agudeza algo soft, sobre todo en la flor.
Aunque el fondo tiene suficiente difusión, presenta un evidente ruido tal vez originado por un elevado ISO.
Saludos... Ricardo

Nice macro Heinz with good point of view and framing, appropriate focus and depth, being the sharpness something soft, mainly in the flower.
Although the bottom has enough diffusion, it presents an evident noise perhaps originated by a high ISO.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Heinz,
Marvellous capture of the butterfly with clear colors,details and sharpness.

hi heinz,
lovely capture,
well composed,
the butterfly looks lovely and is in good contrast with the dark bg,fine pov, framed well,
excellent details captured on the wings and the flower,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-12-01 15:05]

Exellent closeup
Superb composition and greats colours
Great sharpness, POV and DOF

Hello Heinz

A well composed, crisp, clear, sharp image. You have isolated the butterfly well from the BG and the exposure is spot on. I love the thistle flower. The colour adds a nice contrast. Lovely work. Thank you my friend!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-02 2:20]

Hallo Heinz,
Great Pieris napi close-up.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,blurred bg,frame,note and thistle.TFS

Hallo Heinz,
das ist das perfekt Arrangement - die Farbschattierungen der Flügel sind wunderbar - und ich dachte immer weiß ist weiß ;-)
Und der Farbkontrast mit der lila Blume, einfach klasse, vielen Dank und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-02 12:21]

Hi Heinz,
Whites may be very common but they are [IMMO] the most difficult to photograph. You have succeeded magnificently, with very matching colurs and very good light management. BG is a bit noisy but it in no way effects the overall quality of your shot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-02 13:45]

very nice one my friend.
the pov is very good. the composition is good the details are fine realy quality job.
gr. jaap

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  • Dunkeld (158)
  • [2006-12-02 15:37]

Hi Heinz. A great image.Sharp; true colours and excellently composed. In fact the digonal leading from the right leads the eye to the butterfly.Well done. I'll have to see if my own Pieris napi shots can match this. Well done.

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