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Pieris brassicae

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 October 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Pieris brassicae (NL: Groot koolwitje / EN: Large White, Cabbage Butterfly, Cabbage White / DE: Großer Kohlweißling / FR: Piéride du chou) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. The underside is a pale greenish and serves as excellent camouflage when at rest. The black markings are generally darker in the summer brood. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm. The species over-winters as a chrysalis. It has two broods in a year, the first is on the wing in May and June and the second in August. The species is common throughout Europe, north Africa, and Asia to the Himalayas often in agricultural areas, meadows and parkland. It has managed to establish a population in South Africa

Image: Viroinval (BE) – 11/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/1600 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige compositie van dit Koolwitje. Heel mooi.

21 Oct 2012 9:33am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent find!


21 Oct 2012 2:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A stunning macro!

21 Oct 2012 8:53pm

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

Macro by Arco-Íris

Canon EOS 400D
1/1600 second
ISO 200
150 mm