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Aporia crataegi

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 June 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Aporia crataegi (Black Veined White / Groot geaderd witje) is the only large white butterfly with all the veins lined black and lacks any other marks to be found in Europe. It belongs to the family of Pieridae. It lives in meadows with scrub or cultivated areas with fruit trees. Larvae feed on various fruit tree species (Prunus) and Blackthorn plus Hawthorns (Crataegus) and a few other bushes and can be found from may till july.

Image: Viroinval (B) 03/06/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Lovely butterfly, and great shot.

5 Jun 2010 10:37am

@dang: Thx. These were gathering to go to sleep late in the evening. It made capturing them a bit more easy :-)

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Beautiful "Gazé".

5 Jun 2010 2:13pm

@Marie LC: It is indeed a beautiful butterfly. In Belgium it can only be found in the south of the country and it is not common anymore. It was the first time I was able to make some pictures of this species. I think in France this species can be seen more.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wow, a fantastic macro !

5 Jun 2010 3:41pm

@Loner: Thank you very much, Sonja. From orchids to butterflies... only a small step :-) This time of the year I usually meet both on my trips - sometimes hard to choose the subject for a good picture :-)
Have a nice weekend.

k@ from Paris, France

I'm fond of your macro eye.

5 Jun 2010 5:05pm

@k@: Thank you for this kind comment ! I'm glad you like my way of viewing ...

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Iin al haar eenvoud een prachtig vlindertje, vind die bontjasjes die ze dragen altijd zo grappig om te zien. Voordat ik besmet werd door het macrovirus had ik hier helemaal geen idee van. Mooie compositie!

6 Jun 2010 4:36am

@Monique: De bontjasjes zijn inderdaad grappig soms. Het geeft de kop soms een heel bizar aanzien trouwens. De macro-wereld is toch echt wel wonderlijk. Het was de eerste keer dat ik deze soort voor de lens kon krijgen. Geen ingewikkeld en gekleurd vleugelpatroon, maar de structuur komt volgens mij net daardoor meer tot zijn recht.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Erg mooie macro, prachtige patronen in het zwart /wit op de vleugels!!

6 Jun 2010 5:28pm

@Mascha: Inderdaad een mooie soort. Het is een van onze grootste vlinders. Ondanks het ontbreken van de spetterende kleuren die je bij sommige soorten vlinders kan vinden, met deze het hebben van de structuur - maar die vond ik dan ook heel mooi en bijzonder. Ik was ook erg gelukkig dat hij/zij net een Margriet uitkoos als rustplaats zodat de kleuren netjes bij mekaar komen ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is a beautiful butterfly. I was thrilled to see this at Lac Luitel in the French Alps last summer.

7 Jun 2010 2:59am

@Julie Brown: I agree on the beauty on this species. I know there are a lot of these in France. In Belgium it can only be found in the south of the country and is rather rare. I was vary happy to be able to make some pictures.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi gedaan, jammer van het blaadje voor zijn borst.
Vlinders blijven 1 van mijn favoriete onderwerpen!

7 Jun 2010 5:02pm

@Ralph: De andere bloemblaadjes bogen net iets te veel door onder het gewicht van de vlinder. Het zijn en blijven prachtige dieren en als ik de kans heb zal ik het ook niet laten ze proberen vast te leggen. De komende dagen heb ik nog enkele klaargezet voor de site.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

The light through the wings really shows the fine details and I'm also impressed by all the definition on the body, the fine hairs, the antennae. Having tried to capture bugs a few times it's not easy. I've heard some of the tricks like do it when they are cold or in the case of one of yours, when the wings are drying an they can't leave but those opportunities seem few and far between sometimes.

7 Jun 2010 5:07pm

@Dutch: For me the best "trick" is patience :-) First have a good observation on the behaviour, then decide how the picture can be taken. In my experience butterflies can be photographed best during early morning or late evening on the resting-places - just have to find those ...
I know some people use some tricks as putting them in the fridge for a few hours to cool them down.... I think this is awesome !!! Not every method can be used to get a decent picture in my opinion. I always try to make my pictures with as few impact on nature as possible... it"s a matter of respect I think.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

plain summer beauty. very well done!

7 Jun 2010 8:12pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you, Daniela. Summer has started...

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm