No luck- backyard garden,Melbourne,Australia by patcheah

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This is the first time that I have been able to take a photo of a butterfly in my garden. I saw at least five white common butterflies fluttering around one female on a leaf. They all attempted to mate with her but were not successful. Maybe it was because of my presence!

This butterfly is called Small White ( Pieris rapae), commonly known as Cabbage White.It is believed that this butterfly can fly up to 100 miles in its lifetime although, undoubtedly, most butterflies will only travel a mile or two. Evidence of the mobility of this species comes from a misguided introduction in Melbourne in 1939. 3 years after its accidental introduction, the species had reached the west coast of Australia some 1,850 miles away in only 25 generations. This species has become a pest
in cultivated cabbage and other mustard crops.

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  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Very cool shot great detail!

  • Thank you for viewing my work and your nice comment.

    – patcheah

  • Danceintherain
    Danceintherainover 4 years ago

    Maybe they are pest but you have captured them delightfully.

    • Coy
  • Thank you very much Coy. I only found out that they are pests when I tried to find their names. I love butterflies and never even think they can be pests.I suppose the caterpillars are the culprits.

    – patcheah

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Janice.

    – patcheah

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray. Sorry for this very late reply.

    – patcheah

  • jimmy hoffman
    jimmy hoffmanover 4 years ago

    Well-timed!Great moment and shot.

  • Thank you Jim,greatly appreciated.

    – patcheah

  • Eve Parry
    Eve Parryover 4 years ago

    A great capture.

  • Thank you Eve for taking the time to view my work and your nice comment.

    – patcheah

  • akaurora
    akauroraover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of these beautiful butterflies.
    Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thank you Rick & Deb for your encouraging comments.

    – patcheah

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Virginia,greatly appreciated.

    – patcheah

  • PenelopeLawry
    PenelopeLawryover 4 years ago

    Great shot, love the look on it’s face as it flutters away.

  • Thanks Penelope for dropping by and your nice comment. There are lots of beautiful butterflies in my garden and I have been so patient but was only able to capture this one which is fantastic.The rest of the butterflies are too hyperactive.LOL

    – patcheah

  • didi24
    didi24over 4 years ago

    Oooo, this is a very lucky capture! Wonderful :)

  • Thank you for taking the time to view my work and your nice comments.I have spent days chasing butterflies in my garden and I was so thrilled to capture this one!

    – patcheah

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