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Black-veined White

Black-veined 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: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 22:00
Viewed: 3348
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second time I have posted an image of this species on TN.

Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi)
Swedish name: Hagtornsfjäril, meaning ‘Hawthorn butterfly’ a translation of the scientific name which refers to hawthorn as one of its larval host plants.

It has a more purposeful flight than the Large White, often gliding for a second with the wings half open. This characteristic helps the ID when in flight but when settled the black veins are easy to see.

The Black-veined is widespread in SE Sweden occurring where modern forestry and agriculture have not destroyed the natural habitat of flower-rich edges of forests sparse mixed forest, open areas with bushes and trees, and forest rides.

It is widespread in the rest of Europe except the British Isles.

The larval host plant is mainly Rowan in Sweden but Sloe and Hawthorn are also used.

It is taking nectar from Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare). The flowers are popular with bees and butterflies, especially during a dry period

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-06 22:38]

Hi Ivan,
That is a beauty! Perfect parallel plane to achieve perfect focus throughout.
Excellent exposure on these white wings.
So sharp I can see the scales.
Beautiful color scheme and BG.
TFS. : )

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-06 22:42]

Very good composition and beautiful species. I love the texture on the white butterfly. Elegant image. tfs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-06 22:52]

Hello Ivan
A top quality image taken with excellent details, natural colors and perfect focus.

Hej Ivan,
kul att se Gästriklands landskapsinsekt.
A very good picture of Hagtornsfjärilen, it's well exposed with nice and natural colours.
Aslo a fine composition with nice side POV, and with good sharpness and DOF make this a high quality picture.
Fine work, mf.

Nu är det bara 14 dagar kvar innan vi lyfter till ljusare dagar. Just nu är det näst intill omöljigt att fota på dagtid,
gråvädret bara fortsätter.

Hi Ivan.
Beautifull photo good colours and details excellent focus.
Cheers Dave

hello Ivan
splendid composition, I like intense contrast, exceptional colours and sharpness, wonderful macro!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-06 23:37]

Hello Ivan,
It is a very good image with sharp details. I like the way you used the light taking advantage of it's softnes and obtaining an excelent rendering of wings texture and pattern. Your photo is a good example to follow.Best regards Siggi

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-06 23:47]

Hi Ivan,
another of your excellent pictures where you could (if you had to) count all the scales, so precise it is. I have never seen this species in my area and from looking at your picture I have the inkling that it prefers really warm and dry spots (where Echium grows e.g.).
Best regards

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2009-12-06 23:50]

really a wonderful butterfly with perfect artistic capture.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-07 0:08]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.POV,BG,lighting and details on butterfly are perfect.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-07 0:30]

Hi Ivan,
My favorite butterfly Aesthetics ...
Flowers and butterfly, beautiful composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
a very beautiful picture of the Black-veined White, fantastic contrast of colours well saturated, superb sharpness, a very pleasing composition for this wonderful butterfly.
Have a good week
Ciao Maurizio

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Astonishingly awesome macro of this beautifully coloured beauty perched on Viper’s Bugloss while licking nectar from lateral POV with perfect focus, excellent DOF, great clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice new week dostum!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-07 2:27]

Great macro of this Butterfly, fine details and natural colors!

Ciao Ivan. Stunning detail on wings weft. Perfect DOF too. Beuatiful light and colours.


hello Ivan

it is like a Nature Morte painting your photography,
very beautifully composed with the fine focus
of the foreground and the background beautifully blurred,



Hello Ivan, an expertly taken close up of this beautiful Black-veined White butterfly. Great composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Ivan, elegant composition with beautiful butterfly on a wonderful flower great colors, splendid sharpness, lovely blurry BG and fine details, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

It is an image of great beauty and technical excellence, Ivan.
Moreover, the shot has been artistically composed.
I think this one is even better than the one you posted earlier.
Thanks and regards.

Wonderful capture this lovely Aporia crataegi!
Great colors and details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-07 9:44]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in a perfect POV and composition. Excellent sharp details. Splendid colours against a very beautiful OOF BG.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-12-07 11:13]

Hello Ivan,
I think it's very perfect view this species where exactly visible veins, legs and other parts of body. Colours of the butterfly, flowers and BG very suit.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-07 11:29]

Hi Ivan. This Black-veined White seems to stand out so well from the rest of the picture. I think its the DOF. The markng on the wing show up so well. You have taken them with sharp focusing and fine detail. With nice natural colours in theflowers. well taken TFS.

hello Ivan
this is a BEAUTIFUL picture with great details and very nice light
very good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-07 12:28]

Hi Ivan
Another great composition.As usual razor sharp image with great detail.I like the way you had capture the subject climbing up.Beautiful colors also.
TFS Michel

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-07 12:33]

Hello Ivan,
Splendid close-up shot of this butterfly.
Details and composition are perfect.
TFS and G's,

An excellent lateral capture Ivan, both of the b.fly and the blue flower it is feeding on, the plain, darkish OOF BG enhances the beauty of the pin-sharp subjects rather well in this fine composition. TFS it my friend.

Hello Ivan
what an excellentt shot of this Black-veined White, this butterfly is so well taken, it looks so real and natural
beautiful flower, BG and DOF
Have a good night

Salam Ivan,

Truly fantastic with such delicate colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best compliments.



Hallo Ivan
Time is currently chasing me but, in short I want to say:………..
I stand amazed that somebody can rate this with a one pointer. I do not think
they understand the critiquing system. I wish I could give you three points. Two of my
own and one to make up for the one your received that should have been two.
I think in short, and by adding it to one of my themes, I said enough!
Words are not always necessary. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from a very humid Empangeni.

Hello Ivan
A well composed and perfect photo,great contrast of your sharp subject against a dark BG
Well done

Hello Ivan, superb macro shot of this white beauty. The composition, details and POV are wonderful.
TFS and also kind wishes on me.
Regards, Bahadır

ciao Ivan!
perfect taken perpendicular to show the black framework of the wings of Aporia crataegi...good details and colors

greetings sERGIO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-08 9:33]

Slav Îvan,
This is very nice photo.Excellent sharp details and perfect colors.A great POV and composition.
ThaNKS for sharing.
Bi slavên germ(warm regards)

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image superb colours and details. Amazing focus and background.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-12 4:22]

Hello Ivan,
A very beautiful color-combination created by the white Aporia on the blue Echium vulgare. The butterfly made a wonderful choice for the photographer! The green/grey background adds to the harmony of the shot. The sun must have been very strong that day, but you perfectely managed the white color. Fine and subtle shot, which reminds me one of Ulla's picture.
Une bonne fin de semaine et meilleures pensées

Hi Ivan
Fantastic shot. I have never seen these species in nature. Exposure, composition, blured background - everything looks great. There is only a little noise close to the edges of wings, antennas and plant - it is easy to remove on this picture

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