Monday, 19 August 2013

Large and Small (Cabbage White Butterfly)

The Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae) and the Small White Butterfly (Pieres rapae) are known colloquially as the Cabbage White. They do like to lay their eggs in gardens on cabbages and other greens, subsequently the caterpillars munch their way through the cabbages. So they do get plenty of bad press.{:))

Large White






Small White




17 comments:

  1. yes I'm aware of that reputation too Roy; since it's the only butterfly that visits my garden (and lays eggs on the nasturtiums). Still I think it's attractive, and even more so on the mauve flowerheads you photographed so well

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  2. Wat een vlinders kom je tegen Roy het is echt heerlijk om dit te volgen.

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  3. Excellent set of images of the 'Cabbage Whites' Roy.

    I don't know what their attraction to cabbage is?...'orrible stuff!!...urrgghh!!...[;o{

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes Cabbages they are really good for you. I wont mention what they are good for though.{:))

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  4. A fine collection of shots Roy :-) There are lots of 'Cabbage' Whites around this year !

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  5. Quite an explosion of these at the moment Roy.
    Lovely shots.

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  6. Hey Roy... Wow you got one with it's wings spread!!
    They always seem to be in the closed position for me, that is if I can catch up with those fast moving buggers!!
    Yes they do get a bad rap, but here it is just gorgeous on the purple thistle flower!!
    Wonderful photo's!!

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes you have to be quick.{:))

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  7. Heerlijk zoveel vlinders Roy de ene is nog mooier dan de andere.

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  8. Maybe if they were more colourful, people wouldn't mind so much. Grew up with the Large White in Australia and only found out this year they are an introduced pest species! I dont think they do much harm to a natural ecosystem though.

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    1. They certainly have a reputation here Christian amongst the Gardeners.

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  9. They may be common in Europe I still find them very handsome!
    They lay their eggs on the plants their larvae (caterpillars)will need to feed on.
    Your pics are beautiful and pay a glorious tribute to these lovely creatures!
    Cheerio!

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    1. Thanks Noushka. Yes I like to see the big white wings fluttering along.

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