08.29.2021 Silent Sunday

Cabbage White-Pieris rapae

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 08.29.2021 Silent Sunday

  1. Gallivanta says:

    This gorgeous creature is the reason I no longer try to grow cabbages in my garden. Now I don’t have to fight to save the cabbages I can sit back and enjoy the cabbage white as it flits about the garden.

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    • We’ve never grown cabbages and it has limited appeal although I do love cole slaw, stuffed cabbage, and red cabbage in salads. Boiled not so much. So this lovely little flitter does not bother our garden either although more by choice I guess.. They arrive in spring and we have a good number of them throughout summer.

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    Lovely image! We get these flitting about the garden and they’re welcome – happily we have no cabbages. 🙂 (But I may grow something else for them.)

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    • Thanks, Ann!

      There are plenty of cabbages at the grocer’s so we can have butterflies and those green round veggies. They seem happy visiting our flowers but where the young flourish I don’t know. There are not many vegetable gardens in our neighborhood, we do have one but no cabbages, and I haven’t noticed a farm with a field of them nearby either. Maybe next town over.They do eat other related plants like broccoli and cauliflower but we haven’t noticed any of them on our broc.

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  3. Wikipedia says this “species has a natural range across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada, around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America.” The article includes a global invasion map:

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I do see these from time to time. I once saw one so tattered I couldn’t believe it still was able to fly, but this was looks quite fresh and lovely.

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    • It is amazing how they keep flying despite losing so much of themselves. Most of the ones I see are in pretty good shape so I think they must hatch at several times during the season.


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Wonderful detail – including its proboscis!

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Great to look at but despised by many cabbage growers!

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  7. Great image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    This is another of those extremely common subjects that I never tire of, either photographing or viewing photographs of.

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  9. I think their larvae eat lots of plants in the garden besides cole crops. I have watched them for long periods in my own garden, knowing that in a couple of weeks those worms will be chewing leaves all over the place. I love them anyway, and this poem that captures their crazy dance:


    The butterfly, the cabbage white,
    (His honest idiocy of flight)
    Will never now, it is too late,
    Master the art of flying straight,
    Yet has — who knows so well as I? —
    A just sense of how not to fly:
    He lurches here and here by guess
    And God and hope and hopelessness.
    Even the aerobatic swift
    Has not his flying-crooked gift.

    -Robert Graves

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    • Although we do get quite a large number of Cabbage Whites in the yard and garden neither my wife nor I have noticed much damage. That poem does capture the errant flight of the butterfly. It definitely lives up to the word “flit”. Thanks!

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