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Large White

Large White
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies on Lantana Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 7:07
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Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Tribe: Pierini
Genus: Pieris
Species: P. brassicae

The Large White or Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. The butterfly is called the Large Cabbage White in India. It is closely related to the smaller Small White or Small Cabbage White (Pieris rapae). This one was rather large so I think the ID is correct.

Appearance, behaviour and distribution

The Large White is common throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia to the Himalayas often in agricultural areas, meadows and parkland. It is a strong flyer and the British population is reinforced in most years by migrations from the continent. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm.

The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. The underside is a pale greenish and serves as excellent camouflage when at rest. The black markings are generally darker in the summer brood.

Lifecycle and foodplants

The female lays batches of 20 to 100 yellow eggs on plants in the cabbage family and can be a pest on food crops. They seem to have a preference for cultivated varieties of Brassica oleracea such as cabbage and brussel sprouts. The caterpillars are yellowish green with yellow lines and black spots and feed in groups in plain view on the leaf surface. They gain protection from predators by obtaining distastful mustard oils from their foodplants although large numbers are sometimes lost to the parasitic wasp Apanteles glomeratus. The chrysalis is also yellowish green with black spots. The species over-winters as a chrysalis. It has two broods in a year, the first is on the wing in May and June and the second in August.



Photo Location

I took this picture on the beautiful Agios Gordis Beach in Kerkyra, Greece. The weather was fine, clear sky, almost no wind and the atmosphere was kind of hazy, sometimes with invisible horizon line. This caused the sunlight to be rather diffuse yet still strong. The temperature was about 42 degr. Celsius. This butterfly came out of nowhere while I was photographing the Cleopatra butterfly and the Silver-washed Fritillary. This is a very common butterfly but I thought it was a must have for any photographer who loves butterflies. Besides, I think a good photographer doesn't necessarily need an extraordinary subject to take a good picture. On the contrary, he proves his value by creating art from a common subject. Well, I didn't want to prove anything. Just wanted to add a new species to my butterfly collection and share it with you. I hope you like this! I did the best I could!


ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/250 seconds
ApertureValue - F 9.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- selective sharpened with high pass filter;
- saturated;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

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Hello again
Very good shot of this common Pieridae. Perfect colours and sharpness. Very good composed, also very nice background, thanks


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-21 7:15]

Hi Eduard. You have captured the perfect shot of the Large White. the detail and sharp focusing is spot on. you have used the light so well, with rich colours. you can see every marking on the wings. a nice POV/DOF. the dark back ground show it off to its best.
very well done TFS. good notes to go with it.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-21 7:41]

Hello Eduard,
You've certainly created art out of a common subject here!! Brilliant capture of this Large White, I love its pose on the Lantana flower and sharpness is excellent and colours very beautiful. I like the background too which is not all black! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Eduard,

Splendid butterfly!! The colours and the details most excellent!



hello eduard,
what a beautiful capture of the butterfly resting on lantana flowers, sharp image with great details, well saturated colours, nice pov, beautiful composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Great sharpnes very good composition Nice colors perfect buckground. Little overexposure on flowers
Best wishes

Hello Eduard!

A great photo in sharpness, detail, POV, DOF and composition! TFS.

Bonjour Eddie
Très belle prise, couleurs et netteté, attitude du sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hello Edouard,
Very good image indeed.
Outstanding light and compo. Excellent sharpness and blurred BG.
Not only the wonderful butterfly is well displayed; the flower as well...
Very good presentation!

Hi Eduard,

What a Beauty
excellent lighting, exposure, colours, sharpness and details
Lovely compo, POV and BG

TFS Thijs

Hi Eddie,
you have a great catch here with fine details, great DOF,
the subject standout well against the nice BG and lovely colours.
Very nice work.

Salut Edi,
Superba captura,un focus perfect atat pe fluture cat si pe floare, ce sa mai zic de culori care sunt super, iar BG absolut fara repros.O imagine de top.



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-21 19:25]

Hola Eduard,
un bello trabajo,
nitidez e iluminación sobresalientes...
bg genial,
felicidades por este bello cuadro,

bonjour edouard
netteté et details sont au rendez vous.
le POV est parfait,la profondeur de champ ideale.
bravo aussi pour les couleurs et l'exposition.

Hello Eduard, what a wonderfull macro-shot realy well composed, perfect focus with many details, marvellous and lovely colors and a superb background,

The subject and flower against that wonderful dark OOF background is just wonderful, Eduard. The flash really worked well here... not over-lighting the subject and darkening the background. Sharpness, color saturation, and exposure are all excellent.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Eduard,
It is a pleasure to see so many new pictures from you lately :) This is another perfect picture of this delicate specie. Details, composition, colors and exposure are superb! Framing, contrast and DOF are outstanding! Congratulations!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-24 7:08]

Hello Eddie,
If you are going to take a shot of a common species of butterfly like this Large white, then be sure to make it a good one! That is just what you have done: more than that: it's perfect!
The composition with the lantana flower, the contrasting dark BG and the sharpness are extraordinary.
Well done and TFS!
Have a nice weekend!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-24 7:13]

Hi Eduard,
Outstanding shot with such lovely colours and sharp details. Perfect lighting the the exposure is flawless as well as marvellous. You have captured a majestic pose on the colourful lantanas. A precise DOF lets the subjects stand out from the darkish BG and a great POV to portray it. Superb composition. Kudos.

* You have an amazing gallery which I enjoyed much. All the shots are a delight to the eyes and pictured with immense deftness. You truely are a master craftsman with your camera.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-08-28 0:45]

superb! excelenta calitate a imaginii, nota explicativa e informativa. compozitie, culori - la nivel! tfs

Guten Abend, Eddie.
Sehr detailreiches, farbenfrohes, fein und klar durchgezeichnetes Portrait des Großen Kohlweisslings.
Wunderbar ausgewogene, auf wenige Elemente konzentrierte, kräftige Komposition. Der dunkle Hintergrund lässt die Farben von Falter und Lantanablüte besonders eindrucksvoll leuchten.
Erstaunlich, wie farbenfroh dieser Weissling mit seinen feinen Grau- und Grün-Nuancen aussehen kann. Habe diesen früher bei uns so häufigen Falter übrigens schon lange nicht mehr zu Gesicht bekommen.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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