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Large White Butterfly drying wings.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F11, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. flash. 05/07/09.

Large White Butterfly & empty pupae.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F13, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 26/04/05.

Large White Butterfly feeding on bluebells.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/60 F16, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 24/04/2005.

Large White Butterfly (Pieris Brassicae)

Most gardeners call them “Cabbage Whites” Because of the devastation they do to crops if not protected. I know one old chap who scrapes off the eggs from his cabbages with a knife. A female in its lifetime can lay up to 600 eggs.

For my photography I bought some cabbages planted some in my garden and also in pots and positioned them on my patio. During the summer many female butterflies were flying around our feet to lay there eggs. I left the eggs and caterpillars to get on with it although some had been attacked by parasitic Ichneumon Flies (Apanteles Glomeratus) which inject eggs inside the larvae. As some of the full-grown were covered in the yellow cocoons that the parasitic larvae had spun after eaten the caterpillars alive. But plenty did survive and the full gown caterpillars were walking around my garden climbing into my garage, walking up my house wall and shed to make their pupae. I photographed one on my shed door just after it had emerged the pupae is attached by a silk girdle. There are two to three generations a year the last being the pupae that hibernate through the winter.

Large White Butterfly larvae resting on a cabbage leaf.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F8, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Ring flash. 21/06/2009.

Large White Butterfly eggs laid on cabbages.

FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F8, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Ring flash. 04/07/2009.