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Cabbage White

Cabbage White
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos on TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-08 3:02
Viewed: 2957
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In some parts of the world the Cabbage White is considered a pest, but here in the Illinois it is just another butterfly. They are more abundant than most other butterflies, but they do very little damage to crops as they do in other places. That may be because the major crops in our area are corn and soy beans.

From Wikipedia:

Small White
The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small to mid-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pieris
Species: P. rapae
Binomial name
Pieris rapae
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small- to mid-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also commonly known as the Small Cabbage White. The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.

It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.

In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance.


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Hi Bob,
They are common but still beautiful and very difficult to photograph because of their size and by being always on the move. I like the effect of its moving wing with the other well detailed one. Tones of colors and exposure are natural in good composition. Thanks,

Hi Bob,
Nice warm color and well composed, good POV.
Well detailed and sharp within your DOF, the inner wing textures look great.
Well done,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-08 18:23]

Excellent macro Bob,
Very sharp with good DOF. Love the rich colors and the nice composition!! Well done!!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-08 18:45]

Hi Bob
Excellent macro.Great POV and sharp image.Good detail and outstanding colors.
TFS Michel

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