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Bowden's Small White

Bowden's 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: 2015-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-09-04 6:38
Viewed: 1858
Points: 18
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Pieris bowdeni, (Eitschberger, 1984)
Bowden's Small White

Turkish Name: Bowden`in Beyaz Melek Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: East and North East Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Armenia and Iran.

Living Area: Above sea level, lives at altitudes of 1600-3300 meters. Grassy, flowers marshes and bogs in mountains, but sometimes also drier areas in subalpine and alpine slopes.

Flight time: A single generation. Early June to mid-July.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on plants and develop mainly Crucifers (Cruciferae) though not much is yet known about its early stages.

Description-Notes: Type Locality "Turkey/Ağrı, (Aşağı Kent, 2200-2400 meters"). Very rare, very local. A midsize butterfly. A high altitude species first described in 1984, but still regarded as a subspecies of Pieris napi by some. This butterfly very similar to Pieris Napi and Pieris bryoniae. Both sexes strongly resemble spring brood of Green -veined White, but they are smaller on average, with somewhat weaker green scaling along veins on hindwing below. Male is brighter white above, and female varies between white and creamy yellow.

Wingspan: 34-46 mm long.

Similar Species:
• Southern Small White – Pieris mannii (Mayer, 1851)
• Green-veined White – Pieris napi (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Small White – Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)
• The Mountain Small White – Pieris ergane, (Geyer, [1828])
• Mountain Green-veined White – Pieris bryoniae (Hόbner, [1806])


1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.30 pp.
2. Heiner Ziegler:
3. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :
4. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey:
http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Bowden`in%20Beyazmele%C4%9Fi
5. Russian insects:


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hallo Seyfi
very nice to see this butterfly
so good sharpness and lovely naturel colours
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)
  • [2015-09-04 7:20]

Hi Seyfi,another great surprise in your gallery of rare wonders! A beautiful pieridae never seen before on TN,the quality of the pic isn't the best talking about the wings sharpness but still good.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,

Congratulation for the debut of this beautiful butterfly. Well captured. Good details and well sharpness. Light was harsh on wing; we can see....so color and details are off in some parts. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Seyfi,
Very nice to see this white LED with sharpness and lovely natural colour.


Ciao Seyfi, congratulatiomns for this first time on TN, great macro of rare pieridae on beautiful flowers, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Seyfi, Congratulations on a new species for TN.
It is always a treat to view a new specimen. The exposure is a bit overexposed due to the harsh lighting and being an all white subject. I like the framing as well as the colors.
Hope you don't mind, but I would like to try and tone down the exposure a bit in a WS.

Geia sou Seyfi

Perfect image of this Pieris under a very nice composition, excellent sharpness and details, great DOF, nice POV.



Hello Seyfi
felicitation for this new species on TN, the photo is very beautiful with geat details andsuperb sunlight, lovely contrast betwings the white wings and the dark BG, interesting Note to
Have a good night

Hello Seyfi,
Superb capture. Excellent natural colors. Very interesting specie.

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