Pieris rapae - mating

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 November 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Pieris rapae (NL: Klein koolwitje, Knollenwitje / EN: Small White, Small Cabbage White / DE: Kleiner Kohlweißling / FR: Piéride de la rave) is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the family Pieridae. It is widespread and populations are found across Europe, North Africa and Asia. It has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where it causes damage to cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops. The caterpillar stage alone is responsible for crop damage because of which it is referred to as the Imported Cabbageworm.
In appearance it looks like a smaller version of Pieris brassicae. 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. The wingspan of adults is roughly 32–47 mm

Image: Doische (BE) – 08/09/2012

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Superb macro. I love color and composition!

15 Nov 2012 9:13am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een mooie compositie en prachtig licht. Ik wens je een aangename dag.

15 Nov 2012 12:07pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

nice capture!

16 Nov 2012 12:47am

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

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