Cabbage White Butterfly camouflage

6 05 2009

I saw these brilliant white flowers across from the gazebo at Green Spring Gardens and went over to photograph this nicely arranged cluster (first image). Then I noticed the Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) on the bottom flower. I moved in to isolate him on the single flower and got the bottom shot. His wings sort of mimic the petals—perfect camouflage! Males only have one black dot on their wings, so this handsome butterfly is a male.

UPDATE: Thanks to Michaela from for identifying the flower as “Star of Bethlehem” (Ornithogalum umbellatum). She gives credit to Ed Vatza at for the initial identification. Thanks to both Michaela and Ed!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.




4 responses

6 05 2009

I love these little white flowers, I had a few of them in my yard. They’re called Star of Bethlehem (I know that thanks to Ed from “It’s my Nature… Photography by Ed Vatza).
How lucky you are to have the butterfly model for you!

6 05 2009

With Ed and Michaela on the case, it would be hard for a photo to remain unidentified. That moth is cool, though…it is a beautiful thing. I love the photographs and the amazing crispness you always manage to attain.

7 05 2009

What a lovely clear picture!!!

7 10 2009

Hi Cindy,

Love this photo of cabbage white butterfly on a star of Bethlehem flower. Happy Tonics wants to publish photo in the spring issue of Butterflies and Gardens. The flower blooms in the spring. Love how the butterfly mimics the flower to hide itself from predators. Be sure to send me hi rez photo and we will keep on file for spring 2010 issue.

Mary Ellen
Happy Tonics, Inc.

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