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Pieris napi

Pieris napi
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-19 11:49
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Pieridae

Genus: Pieris

Species: P. napi

The Green-veined White (Pieris napi) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. A circumboreal species widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, Japan and the Maghreb and North America (Many authors consider the Mustard White of North America to be conspecific with napi[1]) or consider napi to be a superspecies. 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. 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. Pieris napi is found in damp, grassy places with some shade, forest edges, hedgerows, meadows and wooded river valleys. The later generations, widen their catchment areas in the search for alternative forage crops in drier, but flowery places . In the Mediterranean the insect is also found in scrub around mountain streams or springs and on floodplains with Nasturtium officinale. It is found from sea level to high altitude (2500m. in Central Europe centrale, 2600 m in Italy). The generations vary with location, altitude and season. In Northern Europe, there are two or three generations from April to early September. In warmer areas, and in some good years there is a fourth generation. In southern Europe there are three or more partially overlapping generations from March to October. 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 odour that resembles lemon verbena.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 28-36 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: tutta Italia.
Habitat: specie con tendenze migratrici, si rinviene nei prati e nelle radure dei boschi dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a circa 2300 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: tre, con sfarfallamento in aprile, giugno-luglio e settembre-ottobre.
Piante nutrici: Brassica napus. Raphanus raphanistrum. Sisymbrium officinale. Sinapis arvensis.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-04-19 12:01]

Hi Roberto,
amazing capture my friend I like it very much,
fantastic details, well composed, wonderful colors,
interesting light !
Well done !
Best regards !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-19 12:18]

Hello Roberto,
A perfectly sharp detailed macro of this beautiful butterfly. Great DOF, clear colours and an attractive composition.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Roberto, una delle più belle Pieris Napi che mi sia mai capitato di vedere, favolosa macro con fantastici dettagli, bravissimo, buon fine settimana, ciao Silvio
PS ho prenotato in Val d'Aosta un alberghetto vicino al campo dele Polyommatus humdaseae, dal 13 luglio al 19, fammi sapere se riesci adaggregarti

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-19 13:09]

Hi Roberto,
Pose of this butterfly on the flowers and compo are just perfect. Lots of sharpness details and in beautiful natural colours. Very good work.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Roberto
Beautiful photo with very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-20 0:31]

excellent composition and beautifully captured image of this White on blue flower..lovely. tfs.

很可愛的蝴蝶 取景的角度很漂亮
也可以看的很清晰 尤其是藍色的花真是美極了

Ciao Roberto, spettacolare immagine di questa pieride, dettagli e composizione fantastici. Un caro saluto, Paolo

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-20 2:47]

Ciao Roberto,
Fantastic macro of this P.napi ..
Very beautiful light and colours. Superb sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Roberto,
Very good focus with nice POV.you have captured it well.Nice details and colour.sharpness is also well.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Roberto,
Another outstanding capture with great sharpness,details and clarity,nice play of light and perfectly focused subject against a beautiful green Bg.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-20 4:00]

Ciao Roby,con questa foto dimostri il livello eccezzionale della tua conoscenza di come lavorare in post produzione,penso che attualmente tu sia il nr.1 su questo sito,hai trasformato in uno spettacolo una delle farfalle piu' comuni e meno appariscenti...buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano

Hallo Roberto
Sharpness first class
the details and light are super good
also the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-20 9:19]

Ciao Roberto,
A super Sharp but not over-sharpened capture of napi.
Great POV, natural colours and BG in a fine composition with the Veronica flower.
Thanks and have a good weekend MF,

Hello Roberto.
Top class butterfly shot with fabulous lighting. The little blue flower is as fascinating as the butterfly itself.
Well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-21 5:31]

Bonjour Roberto,
Très joli duo fleur bleue et piéride. Excellente gestion du blanc aussi. Une image typique signée Roberto.
Bon dimanche

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-23 8:38]

Just great picture and moment, Roberto!! hanging on the little flower verónica. Fantastic!! Congratulation. Un saludo.

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