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The Small White (female)

Pieris rapae


I saw this behaviour often. The butterfly would land and extend her abdomen upwards if a male was fluttering around her. "An unreceptive female may fly vertically or spread her wings and raise the abdomen to reject the male." wiki. The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small- to medium-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae.

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中野市 (Nakano), 中部 (Chubu Region), Japan

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 6, 2014


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