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Large Cabbage White

Large Cabbage White
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-20 1:04
Viewed: 2821
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Friends, this is the same specimen I posted a few days back in which the butterfly is sort of spot-lit. This version shows the subject in full light.

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.

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 distasteful 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.



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Hola Ram, bonita composición, con colores agradables, Quizá le falte enfoque en la cabeza, pero esta especie es muy inquieta y nos da pocas oportunidades de enfocar. Un saludo

Hello Ram,

Very nice presentation of this butterfly on the yellow flower. Very good POV, DOF and shapness. Wonderful detail of the wings. Beautiful light and colours.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-20 5:40]

Hi Ram

I love the colours here (again) and the shallow DOF, which works well.


Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful cabbage white which is a difficult subject for me or I am unlucky to shoot this. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

BTW: did you see the dedication of two wasp moths to you by me??


Ram I adore this particular one of the butterfly world. Last summer, the Cabbage White, was the only kind which was patient with me as a photographer so close in. And although they are not what I would call a pure white by any standards, they are close enough as indicated by the adjective definition cabbage.

There is almost a cadence to your image...from a darker background slowly then to the left into white or vis versa. And the highly yellow floral is as much as part of the image as the butterfly...they are symbiotic! Tres bien!

Hi Ram,
You chose a very nice composition with this tinny fast moving creature. Details on its wings are very clear and sharp. A smaller aperture would have brought out more details on its head I think. Tones of colors and plain green background makes it stands out well. Thanks,

Thank you for sharing this excellent capture. DOF, POV, composition.. all are splendid.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-20 11:55]

Hello Ram. They say its a plain butterfly but to me it has a lot of detail in the wings which you fine close up shows so well. with natural looking colours. and a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. all with interesting notes

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-20 14:08]

Hello, Ram.
A beautiful shot.
That white cabbage really shows off well against the dark BG.
Subtle light and great details.
The yellow flowers offer a nice contrast.
TFS. : )

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-20 23:29]

Hi Ram, this is a butterfly that I used to see a lot of, as a boy (in Canada). Then the numbers seemed to drop off. I have no idea what the cause might be, other butterflies still seem prevalent. I have seen a lot of these since coming to Australia. This shot is seen in good light and I like how you can see the texture on those wings, right down to the "powder" level. Your depth of field is tight, but your focus is dead on, with respect to capture of the butterfly. Colour is good on the butterfly and the plants he is resting on.

Thanks, John

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-21 18:20]

Hello Sir,
Nice and perfect pose. The position of the butterfly is just perfect.Ganesh

Bonsoir Ram
Bravo, une belle netteté pour ce papillon que j'aime beaucoup.
Merci à bientôt

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