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Wood White

Wood White
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-03 6:44
Viewed: 3576
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though this image is not totally sharp it is of a species not often posted on TN, so I thought it might be of interest.

Until 20 years ago the Wood White (Leptidea sinapsis) was the only species of its genus in Sweden. However, when the French entomologist, Réal discovered a new separate species this new species (Leptidea reali) was soon discovered in Sweden too.

This is the well-known Wood white, told from Réal’s Wood White by its more rounded hind wings and by the greyish scales on the legs, those of reali being whiter.

The natural size is about the same as that shown on the thumbnail. Strangely enough this up-side down position is typical when feeding and resting. It is feeding here on the flowers of Yellow Lucerne.

Though absent from the very north and south of the country, the Wood White is widespread but sparsely distributed in Swedish forested areas wherever its larval host plant, Lathyrus vernus, the Spring Pea occurs in any quantity. It is widespread but localised in the rest of Europe.

It has two broods, one in May /June and the second in August.

This image of the Wood White was taken at a nature reserve at a distance of about 1.8 meters with the camera hand-held. Though the BG is dark no flash was used.

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Hello Ivan,

Thanks for sharing this beauty and I'll place this, if you don't mind in my personal theme.

Superb details on the shot and well perched on the beautiful yellow flower. Both the subjects contrasting very well with the green background. Perfect exposure with excellent depth. Very well done and best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-03 7:07]

Hi Ivan. You say not a very sharp picture but to me still a fine close up of the interesting butterly. You captured fine detail and natural colours. a nice POV showing the side view. well done TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-02-03 7:51]

Hello Ivan,
a very nice close view of sinapis and the flower. In particular, I like the 'structures' on the small compound eye.
Colour nuances of the wings are well reproduced.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Ivan, interesting butterfly with splendid details and good sharpness, great contrast against blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-03 8:22]

Hi Ivan,

The white butterfly and yellow flower are beautiful against the dard background.
The colors are wonderful - as are the shades of white. Good details and a lovely composition.


Hello Ivan,

Wowww... Fabulous capture friend! and excellent details of this beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing.
Greetings my dear friend.


Great post,
I like the framing and the yellow in the top of the image really is a compliment to the the Wood White.
Congrats of the chance to photograph one,


a delicate and poetic shot of nature showing its beauty first and the genus second

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-03 8:57]

Hi Ivan,
I will be back.

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle macro, belles couleurs et netteté, très beau sujet bien composé.
Amicalement Robi

hello Ivan

for me the sharpness of your image is excellent
and if at the end of the wings of the butterfly is less sharp,
it shows us that the subject is a little bit on movement and i liked,
excellent luminosity on the on the foreground of the image
and a shadowed background it puts very well in evidence
de subject and tge flower, i love your POV and vertical framing, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-03 9:34]

Hi Ivan

Lovely composition with contrasting colours. Good detail in the butterfly too.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-02-03 9:39]

Hello Ivan
Magnificent capture with splendid details on the butterfly and very good framing, bg and composition. I captured last summer a couple of this species. They were rather funny for they always flew together and landed in the same pose, one in front of the other. I will post that shot soon though it is not as good as yours, for it was against the sun.
Thank you very much for the marvellous picture and the excellent information.
My best regards

Hello Ivan,
Good picture, interesting subject. Enjoyed reading the notes. Splendid post all around. Thanks.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-03 10:40]

Hi Ivan

It's always a pleasure to learn something new about nature and to see some rare species being posted. For this i thank you for posting this shot!
The result i would say is actually good. Perhaps it looses a bit of sharpness towards the tips of the wings, but this is less important when dealing with such a species :)
Other than that, i really like the strong contrast between the subject and the BG as well as the superbly controlled exposure here.
Nice work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-03 11:09]

I think I've only seen one of these once and it was a much scraggier specimen than this!
Incredible detail in the wing and good sharpness.
Very well composed and your POV is perfect.
Nice lighting though maybe a bit UE.
Excellent BG that is nicely blurred but the DOF is slightly too shallow.
Well done Ivan,

Ciao Ivan,
amo molto questa fragile farfalla, che incontro anche in Sicilia.
Ha un volo basso e lento, ma non si posa quasi mai sui fiori.
Per questo è molto difficile fotografarla.
Complimenti dunque per questo ottimo scatto.

Hello Ivan,
very beautiful pose of the butterfly well captured!
the dark bg that brings out both the butterfly and flower brilliantly!
excellent clarity, good colour and details in the shot
well done always, Ivan!
a great notes with thanks

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-03 11:20]

Hello Ivan, this is a real macro shot and beautifully captured. The composition is superb, I love how the butterfly is hanging on the flower. You say it is not sharp but I think it is fantastic. Nice interesting notes too, thank you,


Interesante explicación de esta especie.
Buen documento pues, presentado además de una interesante forma.
Buena semana Ivan.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 16:22]

Hello Ivan

It is a lovely shot.The colours are deep and rich.
Excellent texture and details.
Wonderful POV.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-03 17:58]

Hello Ivan,
Details are superb, composition is great and colors are beautiful. Thank you for sharing this great image Ivan.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-03 20:41]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Agrdable foto, acompañada de una nota muy educativa. Fantasticos colores y en mi opinion es bastante nitida. El fondo difuso le da un valor agregado a su fino trabajo.
Gracias por compartir
Un Saludo Y un Abrazo.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-02-03 23:12]

Hello Ivan,

Very nice composition. Good POV and sharpness. Beautiful colours.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-04 0:50]

Hi Ivan,
I liked this upside-down pose. It's a nice close up with good details, POV , colors and composition. It may not be crisp sharp but it is well focused and the details are clearly visible. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-04 1:16]

Hi Iva, it's a clear presentation of this butterfly, not perfectly sharp, but you show it well, especially hanging down off the yellow plant.
Well done

Hi Ivan,
Magnifique composition avec des détails extra et un super BG qui met le tout en valeur, une très belle réussite.

Hello Ivan

Nice capture and wonderful butterfly. TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-06 11:41]

Hi Ivan.
Excellent close-up, taken with superb set of telelenses. I like wonderful sharpness of the image and wide DOF. I also like impressive vertical orientation and pose of the butterfly. Very well done. My best wishes.

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