Pieris rapae #3 - Small White
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|Pieris rapae from Fleeting Memories From Summer -06 seen drawing nectar from Cirsium arvense, "Creeping Thistle".|
Order: Lepidoptera ("scale-covered wings" [from Gr. lepíd-, the stem of lepís = scale, and pterón = wing). This is one of the largest orders (~200-250.000) of the class of Insecta (>1.000.000 species) and has populated Earth for ~200 million years to judge from the oldest fossils! And the "diurnals "evolved ~70-100 million years ago, parallel with the accelerating development of plants. Lepidoptera with 128 families are divided into two big (non-ranking) suborders: Rhopalocera (from Gr. rhopálosis "turning into a club-like shape") and Heterocera (from Gr. heteroi'osis "turning into other [than club-like] shape"). Rhopalocera (~20.000 documented species) are diurnal butterflies characterized by the club-like ending of their antennae, while Heterocera are all the others (~130.000 documented and ~230.000 altogether), most often nocturnal but not always. In Sweden there are ~2700 Lepidoptera-species of which 121/122 belong to the Rhopalocera (enough to keep track of!). The oldest fossil of a Rhopaloceron is 50 million years old, found in Denmark in the 1990's. Except for having club-like antennae and being more colourful and "grander" than the Heterocera, the Rhopalocera are also characterized by the way they place their wings when resting or hibernating. Whereas Heterocera spread their wings flat backwards over their bodies, Rhopalocera (mostly) fold them and place them vertically over the back (except for the Erynnis tages of the Hesperioidea superfamily).
Superfamily: Papilionoidea, which covers 5 families: 1. Papilionidae ~600 species, 2. Pieridae ~1200 species, 3. Nymphalidae ~5600 species, 4. Lycaenidae ~6000 species,
5. Riodinidae ~2400 species (not represented in the Nordic countries, our Riodininae [only Hamearis lucina] are placed in the family of Lycaenidae.
Family: Pieridae, the third largest of Papilionoidea-families with 17 species in the Nordic countries.
Genus: Pieris, with 3
Species in the Nordic countries:
1. P. brassicae
2. P. napi
3. P. rapae For description, please see my two previous postings with references: Pieris rapae #1 ,
and Pieris rapae #2.
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- [2007-02-26 2:02]
Beautiful presentation of a Pieris rapae with shut wings. The composition and the colours are excellent. Good sharpness and nice green background. A very harmonious picture.
Thank's for the instructive note too.
- [2007-02-26 2:46]
Charmante composition. Le papillon ressort bien.
Good image; great sharpness and composition is well done too.
well composed with fine pov,
sharpness is very good, nice details captured on the wings, well saturated colours, nice bg,
tfs & regards
- [2007-02-27 9:31]
A wonderful composition with excellent sharpness, lighting and colors. I love the pose of the p.rapae on that beautiful thistle, and the contrast of yellow over the beautiful green bg.
My compliments and TFS.