Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cabbage White - Sandy Hollow, Australia

A photograph of a Cabbage White butterfly taken in Sandy Hollow, Australia
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - Sandy Hollow, Australia

Sandy Hollow was full of Cabbage Whites when we visited over he Easter long weekend. Although I didn't do too much photography while we were there, I did take a few photographs of this species. Since butterflies are a bit sluggish in the morning, photographing them was a bit easier.

More photographs inside.

A photograph of a Cabbage White butterfly taken in Sandy Hollow, Australia
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - Sandy Hollow, Australia

The widespread populations of this common butterfly extend from Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The species has also been accidentally introduced to Australia, New Zealand and America. In the caterpillar stage, it causes a significant amount of damage to cabbages and crops of the mustard family.

A photograph of a Cabbage White butterfly taken in Sandy Hollow, Australia
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - Sandy Hollow, Australia

This species is one of the most "cold hardy" butterflies in the world. In America, the Cabbage White is one of the first species to appear from its chrysalis in spring. It is also occasionally seen during mid-winter spells in cities as far north ans Washington.

A photograph of a Cabbage White butterfly taken in Sandy Hollow, Australia
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - Sandy Hollow, Australia

These photographs were taken with a Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. No tripod was used as the light was sufficient.






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