Pieris napi #3

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Pieris napi (Green-veined White / Klein geaderd witje) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is a circumboreal species widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, Japan and the Maghreb and North America. I posted some more detailed images on this species back in april this year (see here and here).
The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint, hence Green-veined White. Like other "white" butterflies, there is some sexual dimorphism (the sexes differ). The female has two spots on each forewing, the male only one. The veins on wings of the female are usually more heavily marked. So this image shows probably a male specimen.
Although being a very common species in Western Europe, there are still some secrets to be discovered: Recent research has shown that when males mate with a female, they inject "methyl salicylate" along with their sperm. The smell of this chemical compound repels other males, thus ensuring the first male's paternity of the eggs—a form of chemical mate guarding. Wonderfull nature !


Image: Lille (BE) - 21/07/2010

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Dimitrios, think positive. from ATHENS, Greece

LOVE IT*****

30 Jul 2010 6:57am

@Dimitrios, think positive.: Thank you very much for your apreciation, Dimitrios.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

woooow !!!! do you use a flash ? the eye is fantastic as well as the range of yellows

30 Jul 2010 7:36am

@Veronique: I don't use flash. All my images are made with natural light in free nature (when it is otherwise I put that in my comment). Thanks again for your comment, Veronique.

Florence from Paris, France

A burst of colors. Awesome details/focus which show the velvet texture of his body.

30 Jul 2010 8:29am

@Florence: Altough this species is mostly colored yellow, it belongs to the "whites"... what's in a name :-) Thanks again for the comment, Florence. Have a nice weekend.

Piia from Helsinki, Finland

Wow, that is a great shot. :)

30 Jul 2010 8:48am

@Piia: Thank you very much, Piia. Glad you like this one :-)

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Wow very neat shot!!Lovely colors

30 Jul 2010 11:53am

@Gina: Thanks a lot, Gina. Have a nice weekend.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

incredible capture...

30 Jul 2010 1:18pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much for visiting and commenting, Olivier. Have a nice weekend.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan. Sehr schön. Die Schärfe deiner Fotos verblüfft mich immer wieder !

30 Jul 2010 4:06pm

@Loner: I'm very satisfied about the copy of my macro-lens. I heard there are some copies of that same lens which are not so sharp. So I tested my copy before actualy buying and I certainly don't regret. Have a great weekend, Sonja. (Also greetings to your husband.)

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Fantastic details! and it's a very interesting lesson !
Need a little of methyl salicylate for my wife :)

30 Jul 2010 8:04pm

@Demo: Thanks for the compliments.
Think you better have a nice and easy talk with your wife then ... :p

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

le moidre details des ailes est d'une parfaite netteté !! des macros d'exception !!!!
5 etoiles !
amitiés !

30 Jul 2010 11:35pm

@marc battault: Thank you very much again for the *, Marc.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I'm glad you included the links so that we could go back and see this species again, from all the different perspectives. My camera broke.. if.. you aren't using yours.. maybeeee.. :P Poor me. But I have a few others, just.. film and.. phone. Er.

31 Jul 2010 1:39am

@Dutçh: A broken camera... ai ai ai... Hope you can get it fixed ASAP. If there is one thing I would take to an uninhabited island...

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige vormen en kleuren!!

31 Jul 2010 7:36am

@Mascha: De witjes zijn over het algemeen bonter gekleurd dan de naam zou doen vermoeden... (uiteindelijk is dat bij de blauwtjes ook zo :-)... ) Vooral de wat groenige bestuiving op de vleugeladers spreekt me bij deze soort heel erg aan. Bij de vrouwtjes is die nog een stuk heviger dan bij dit mannetje.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh, you found them too ;D your shots are so much better - so much more detailed!
Really love your ongoing "flying orchids" series ;D
And sorry for not visiting your blog for so long - my kids have holidays, and we´re doing, err, the holiday stuff ;) I don´t even have time to screen all the images i take....

31 Jul 2010 9:49am

@daniela scharnowski: Hope you enjoy your kids holidays :-) They need attention too, you know :-)! (But I'm glad my images are getting your attention from time to time :D)
Orchid season has come to an end (only one species to come) so I have to focus on some other subjects to fill the empty space everyday on this site :p and I must admit I really enjoy the hunt for butterflies...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Sharp and gorgeous saturated color of the wings and flower. Very nice!

1 Aug 2010 3:32am

@Julie Brown: The image is taken about an hour before a thunderstorm. The upcomming clouds shaded the direct sunlight acting like a natural diffusor but there was still enough light to make images. In these conditions there are no hard reflections from the sun and colors are far more saturated revealing the real color of the species. (And I was 10 minutes too late returning to the car... rain can be very charming...)

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