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The Mountain Small White

The Mountain Small White
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2,8 I, B+W UV-HAZE
Exposure: f/9.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-06-26 4:26
Viewed: 1321
Points: 24
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Pieris ergane, (Geyer, [1828])
The Mountain Small White

Turkish Name: Dağ Beyazmeleği Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Widespread in eastern Turkey; thinly distributed elsewhere, and extremely local Marmara and Aegean regions.

Distribution in the world: Pieris ergane occurs in Europe only very locally. Northern Spain, Southern France, Central Italy, Balkan Peninsula, Turkey, the Near East, Armenia to Iran.

Living Area: Above sea level, lives at altitudes of 1300-2500 meters. Dry grassy and bushy slopes, warm rocky places particularly on calcareous substrate, only in the hottest parts of the country also elsewhere.

Flight time: Three generations from late April to early-September.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on plants and develop mainly Aethionema sp. and Isatis (Brassicaceae).

Description-Notes: A midsize butterfly. This butterfly very similar to Pieris Napi spring generation. Identify this species by absence of any black spots on underside of its forewing (all other similar whites have one or two black spots) and somewhat square black forewing apical mark. Generally looks whiter below than other similar whites.

Wingspan: 38-44 mm long.

Origin of the name: Ergane (Greek mythology) - Erg ("employee") - the nickname Athens, patroness of crafts (Nekrutenko, 1990).

Similar Species:
• Southern Small White– Pieris mannii (Mayer, 1851)
• Green-veined White– Pieris napi (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small White– Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Bowden's Small White– Pieris (Artogeia) bowdeni (Eitschberger, 1984)
• Mountain Green-veined White– Pieris bryoniae (Hübner, [1806])


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.26 pp.
2. EuroButterflies : Matt Rowlings's European Butterflies Species Page – Mountain Green-veined White
3. Moths and Butterflies: Europe and North Africa - Mountain Green-veined White
4. AdaMerOs Kelebek’s: The Butterflies Monitoring & Photography Society in Turkey - Mountain Green-veined White
5. Lepiforum.de: Help for determining the proven European butterfly species - Mountain Green-veined White
6. Babochki-kavkaza’s: Lepidoptera Caucasi - Mountain Green-veined White
7. Butterflies of Bulgaria: Butterflies of Bulgaria - Mountain Green-veined White
8. Trakel: Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey - Mountain Green-veined White
9. Wolfgang Wagner: Lepidoptera and their ecology – Mountain Green-veined White


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Hello Seyfi,

Excellent picture of this 'The Mountain Small White'. Very beautiful color, sharpness and details. Very well presentation with informative NOTE and links.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

hallo Seyfi
very nice picture with good light and beautiful colours
great sharpness to
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-26 9:33]

Hi Seyfi,another surprise,one of the most rare in the pieridae family.And the pic is a spectacle of quality,great details and natural colors,very well done! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of rare pieridae, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-06-27 10:35]

Seyfi bey, oldukça net ve detaylı bir çekim bu, .. renkler cezbediyor, pozlama etkili, .. gözünüze sağlık.

Hello Seyfi,

Beautiful picture.

ciao francesco

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-28 6:44]

Hello Seyfi,
Wonderful piece of work. Nicely composed, very good use of light, lovely depth of colour with clear, sharp detail. Well done.
Regards Sigi

Hello Seyfi
The photo is a real beauty ! all is perfect, sharpness, colors, lighting as well as the POV and the depth
Have a good night

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-06-29 0:01]

her zamanki gibi mükemmel Seyfi bey,selamlar..

A very professional job here, Seyfi.
The light conditions are perfect here and you have used them to the best possible effect.

Hello Seyfi,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. I was again busy with my work in the last few weeks.
This is indeed a superb green-yellow butterfly...What a beauty....Excellent focus and very good details.

Hello Seyfi

Excellent macro of this butterfly, that can superbly be camouflaged with
his environment, excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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