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Cabbage White

Cabbage White
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Copyright: Paras Bhalla (parasbhalla) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 2 N: 914] (3634)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC P150
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-23 0:49
Viewed: 2789
Points: 44
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General Information on "Large White" butterfly from WiKiPedia:

The Large White, also called Cabbage Butterfly or Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae), is a butterfly in the family Pieridae.

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

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 flier and the British population is reinforced in most years by migrations from the continent. Scattered reports of the Large White from the northeastern United States (New York, Rhode Island and Maine) over the past century are of a dubious nature and indicate either accidental transport or intentional release. Such introductions threaten to establish this agricultural pest in North America.

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. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm.

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 brussels 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 possessing distasteful chemicals. It has once been reported that these chemicals were mustard oils from glucosinolates in the foodplants, but this appears to be a myth since Pieris caterpillars actually suppress the formation of mustard oils (see glucosinolate). Despite their chemical defence, large numbers are sometimes lost to the parasitic wasps such as Apanteles glomeratus, whose females attack clusters of newly hatched caterpillars. The chrysalis is also yellowish pale 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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-23 0:52]

Hello Paras,
fine capture of this white butterfly. you have captured good detail and colours. a nice pov/DOF. it stands out so well against the green BG. well done TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Sencilla y elegante. Buenos contrastes como siempre.

Namastay and Good Morning MF Paras,
Today another b-fly:) This is also splendid close-up capture of a large cabbage white from fine lateral POV with neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-23 1:09]

Hello Paras
A fine capture with great details and natural colors

hello Paras!
pleasant catch of Pieris brassicae on the flowers of lilac
good color and details

best regards sERGIO

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-23 1:29]

White and violet:perfect combination!
Great BG, sharp, best focus!

Beautifull capture, good details, nice matural colors, light and a very beautifull flower,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-23 2:19]

Hello Paras,
A well known butterfly, but you photographed it very beautiful. Great clear contrasting colours in good sharpness and details. Beautiful OOF BG, POV and a pretty composition.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-23 3:29]

Slav Paras,
What a beautiful capture of this white butterfly.The sharpness,colors,POV and Bg are very nice.Thanks for sharing.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-23 5:27]

Hello Paras,
Nice composition, white butterfly and strong colours of the flower against pretty blurred BG.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-08-23 5:32]

Excellent capture. I love the color combination you have formed.



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-23 7:55]

Very simple and colorful image. tfs.

Ciao Paras. Great contrast and excellent details. And beautiful colours.


hello Paras
great composition with good details and great sharpness
greeting lou

Hello Paras,,
very beautiful picture of the Cabbage White, excellent POV and composition with a beautiful pose on the flower, very good sharpness and splendid colours.
Best regards

Hi Paras,

an nice picture from this butterfly with good pov, sharpness and dof.
A pity it are on an Buddelia and not really in the wild.Fine colours.


Hi Paras Bhalla,

The cabbage white is a beautiful butterfly. You have metered the shot brilliantly exposing fine markings on the wings. The perch on that violet flower contrasting well in the frame. Top class macro and thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-23 15:17]

Hi Paras,it's one of the most common butterfly and in this compostion so beautiful it's a great spectacle.Beautiful colors and great sharpness,i like a lot this very professional work.Have a nice week my friend and thanks,LUCIANO

Hi Paras friend!

A photo with extreme nature, beautiful light, great focus, incredible composition! congratulations!

Good note! TFS!


Hello Paras
very beautiful shot of this large White, this species ( and all the other Whites too ) are very difficult to take good shots bud you had success with this one
the details are very sharp and his pose is superb
Great composition
Have a good night

Hello Paras,

A superb close-up, fine detail, very sharp, and perfect exposure. A very attractive image!


Hi Paras!

Same flower as last time but with another butterfly, I think it too fits there in colors. Very sharp and well composed image again, with lots of details. TFS!

Best regards,

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