Bit of a change from me, I’m not usually into close-up photography but this butterfly was too good too miss. I’d just finished using the sigma 150-500mm lens to photograph some buzzards when I spotted a bush with all sorts of butterflies on it. Although the sigma lens is not a macro lens it does let you get some good close-up photographs. Best of all you can “stand off” from your subject and not disturb them.
Pictured here is the Small White Butterfly, if not, it’s a Large White
The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small to medium-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also known as the Small Cabbage White and in New Zealand, simply as White Butterfly. The names “Cabbage Butterfly” and “Cabbage White” can also refer to the Large White.
It is widespread and populations are found across Europe, North Africa, Asia, and Great Britain. It has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where it causes damage to cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops. The caterpillar stage alone is responsible for crop damage because of which it is referred to as the Imported Cabbageworm.