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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 2:58
Viewed: 3642
Points: 12
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The White Cabbage Butterfly
Pieris rapae,
Introduced to New Zealand

This is a REAL butterfly in the REAL world, and NOT in a Butterfly House. Even if it is only a pesty old White Cabbage Butterfly, I CAUGHT IT!! I stopped at this lavender wall to see if the bees were visiting, and there was a W C B. I hope you enjoy it!

Adult White Butterfly’s are moth-like insects that you will commonly see in summer, flitting around the garden, particularly near your vege patch. Their wings, of which there are four, are a dirty white/cream colour, over a dark greyish body.

Eggs are laid on the underside of the leaves and are laid singly. The initial creamy-white colour of the egg changes to orange just before it hatches and a tiny caterpillar emerges.

The caterpillar is dull green in colour, and is covered with minute hairs, which give it a velvety soft look. When the caterpillars are nearly mature, an orange stripe can sometimes be seen along its back.

The next stage of the White Butterfly Caterpillars life – the pupa – are very rarely seen by most home gardeners, making it a difficult stage to use for identification or control.

In summer the butterfly emerges from the cacoon after about two weeks. The upper surfaces of the wings are white with black tips to the forewings, and a light black spot on the front margin of the hindwings.

Males and females are only slightly different. In the middle of each forewing, the male has only one spot but the females have a pair of black spots. On both female and male the underside of the front wings are quite the same.

This must be a male White Cabbage Butterfly then. . .

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Hola Janice,
Buen trabajo, la nitidez con mucho detalle y la luz son buenas. Un cordial saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 8:38]

Hello Janice,
Unfortunately quite a lot of introduced animals and plants become pests when out of their natural environment. This does not mean to say that this Small White is not a pest in its native Europe. Fortunately nowadays there are ways of protecting cabbages without using pesticides.
Thanks for posting this sharp and well composed shot of the male and letting us know that they were introduced into NZ.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-07 5:39]

I do look forward to shooting butterflies in the real world (and without ugly gray cement block walls behind them), Janice! Sadly that is still at least two months away!
I love your capture: superbly handled light and excellent colours and details

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-10 1:09]

Hi Janice,
What an impressive presentation of this species that without its own fault has become such a nuisance in many parts of the world! Considering the accelerating globalization process going on there may soon be more pests than pets around... Thank you very much for sharing with us this really high quality picture of this butterfly, that also shows how some of its many enemies has snatched at him, as well as for the informative note! [Possibly I wouldn't have sharpened it so hard in order to avoid some slight graininess]
With best regards,

Hi Janice,
whatever kind of a pest, that butterfly is nice - and not the butterfly is responsible for being considered a pest, but man made monocultures are.
Very beautiful intense light, great dynamic pose. Oversharpening caused some troubles with noise, as noted by Goran.
Thank you, and more free air butterfly hunting further on! With best regards,

bonjour janice
l'exposition est correct vu la couleur clair de ce papillon,son environement est tres coloré aussi,la netteté est bonne.

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