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Small White female

Small White female
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-09 7:48
Viewed: 2926
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not a very original butterfly, but I hope you like it because of the quality.

I thought this was the Large White, but thanks to Maurizio and Ivan who say this is the Small White.

The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also commonly known as the Small Cabbage White. The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.
It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.

In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance. An adult's wingspan is roughly 32--47 mm (1.25--2 in).

Life cycle
In Britain, it has two flight periods, April–May and July–August, but is continuously-brooded in North America, being one of the first butterflies to emerge from the chrysalis in spring, flying until hard freeze in the fall.

Its caterpillars can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, kale, radish, broccoli, and horseradish but it will readily lay eggs on wild members of the cabbage family such as Charlock Sinapis arvensis and Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale. The eggs are laid singularly on foodplant leaves.

Traditionally known in the United States as the "Imported Cabbage Worm", now more commonly the "Cabbage White", the caterpillars are green and well camouflaged. Caterpillars rest on the undersides of the leaves, thus making them less visible to predators. Unlike the Large White, they are not distasteful to predators like birds. Like many other "White" butterflies, they hibernate as a pupa. It is also one of the most cold-hardy of the non-hibernating butterflies, occasionally seen emerging during mid-winter mild spells in cities as far north as Washington D.C.

Like its close relative the Large White this is a strong flyer and the British population is increased by continental immigrants in most years. Adults are diurnal and fly almost exclusively during mid-day, though it appears as if there is some activity in the later part of the night too, ceasing as dawn breaks.

Source: Wikipedia

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Lovely colored capture, very sharpness details, good POV,BG and beautiful flower.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-09 8:27]
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Hi Peter,

Een macro uitzonderlijk. Je moet denken dat vóór lang ... niet nog een "materiaal" camera.
Ik bedoel vlinders.
Een avond schoonheid

Hello Peter,
Superb sharp image, lovely colours, good background and composition.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-09 9:16]

Slav Peter,
Very good macro shot with nice light,colors and details.Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Peter,

een mooie foto van deze witte vlinder bij de gele bloem.
Goed pov en dof.
Lijkt me iets teveel verscherpt maar mooie kleuren en prima plaat.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-09 9:26]

Hello Peter,
This is a simple shot... but a beautiful shot! Very sharp and natural!

Good Work!



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-09 9:43]

Very good colors and details, very good composition too!

Hello Peter,

A great capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & lovely details. Well done with great POV, pose & BG.

TFS & regards


hallo Peter
mooie compositie met de vleugels half opern
je kijkt er gewoon doorheen
goed van scherpte en goed licht
mooie kleuren ,met een rustige achtergrond
bedankt ,groetjes lou

hello Peter

a beautiful composition of this butterfly with its flower,
with a fine POV and the way they are framed on the image,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-09 10:37]

Hi Peter. Yes its a first class close up of this Large White butterfly , which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright natural colours. From your POV we can see all of the wing markings. A good pose on the yellow flower. well done TFS.

hello Peter
very beautiful scene and very good presentation, the composition is irreproachable

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-09-09 12:31]

Hello Peter,

Good macro, excellent sharpness and details.
Fine focus and great composition.
Good POV.

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful capture and very good quality, i think that the butterfly is a Pieris rapae, because the black spot on the top of the wing is rather small, very good sharpness and splendid colour tones, excellent POV showing both sides of the wings, a very pleasing composition with the beautiful yellow flower.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6527 W: 89 N: 15625] (65361)
  • [2009-09-09 15:05]

Hi Peter,it's certainly one of the most common butterfly,but your composition is very very nice and must to be showed! And what a great quality of sharpness and colors,very excellent work! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-09 16:37]

Hi Peter,

This might be a well seen butterfly on TN but don't say this isn't original. The wing positions are fantastic and not what we usually see. The quality is outstanding with magnificent colors and clarity. I love the setting of flower and buds, the fine background and the beautiful composition.


A delicately managed picture of a Large White, Peter.
The colours and details are so subtle one does not really notice one slightly nicked wing.
It is a truly wonderful composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-09 23:09]

A white butterfly is always difficult one to expose, you did it well. Good colors white, green and that beautiful yellow. Overall fine composition. tfs.

Hi Peter,

An additional b-fly from you:) that perfectly composed and focused in a charmy atmosphere. i also liked the details and colours of the flower where it stand on.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Peter, perfect close up shot of a large white.
Nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Peter, lovely butterfly on a beautiful flower, good natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Beautiful close up of a female large white butterfly
with excellent sharpnes and composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Ciao Peter. Indeed stunning detail and great DOF. Very interesting diagonal POV and blurred BG.


Hi Peter,
A perfect definition of this one princess. It seems that it is on a Hiercium.
TFS. Greetings.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-10 7:44]

Hello Peter
Thank you for your kind words on my 600th posting on TN!
An excellent capture of the Small White , Pieris rapae, (Maurizio is right!)taken from a fine POV to show the half-open wings with good technical standar and with an excellent contrast against the OOF natural green BG, The light management and composition are great here.
Thanks again and best regards,

Hello Peter
very nice picture of this Small White, perhaps not a very original butterfly but the Whites are so beautiful and they makes the summer
the lighting is very good and the coloration is superb
the details are sharp and the yellow flower makes a nice of color
Have a good night

Buen enfoque Peter, pero para poner todos los elementos dentro del foco era difícil.
Buen encuadre y colores naturales.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter..
Excellent and wonderful photo.. Details and composition are nice..
Best regards

Ha Peter,

Leuke compo met prachtige kleuren en scherpte.
Belichting van een wit en geel onderwerp blijft lastig maar je doet het Perfect in dit shot.
Ook je Dof is uitstekend

TFS Thijs

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