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Although very simular to the pestie Cabbage White butterfly (Artogeia Rapae), This is in fact the Green-Veined White (Artoeia napi) which although the catterpillars live on wild members of the cabbage family it seems to avoid the cultivated ones, so its not a pest just a nice white butterfly.
There are 2 generations a year, the 1st turns into a chysalis after 18days of hatching, and 14 days after that it emerges as the butterfly you see here. This generation then mates layes eggs etc. the only differance is this one over winters as a chrysallis .the caterpillars are bright green with a row of yellow dots down the side.This butterfly was male as it only had a single black spot, where the female a row of 3 elongated spots.
This one is another rescue from the poly tunnels I have taken to keeping a thistle flower in a jar of water in the potting shed, ready to provide them somewhere tasty to rest while being carried out to saftey.This one liked it so much that even though it was out in the open it flew off and back again to sup some more nectre, and there by have his picture taken again and again again.
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brightness -2 contrast +3
sharpen edges and fade back to 75%
save to web at 197.5K

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