Rhône list

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Small White

(Pieris rapae)

 

27/05/03 Rhône (69)

Group of males 28/05/03 Rhône (69)

Male 12/06/03 Rhône (69)

Male 02/05/10 Rhône (69)

Female 20/06/04 Rhône (69)

18/04/07 Rhône (69)

 

This butterfly is a great wanderer and can be seen crossing fields, gardens and even the village centre in between bouts of nectaring. Some considerable distance can be covered before the butterfly settles which can make it difficult to follow and observe especially as visits to flowers are often brief  before the butterfly moves on. Patience is thus required to identify this species correctly as it is easily confused with the Green-veined White and Southern Small White even at short distances. The dark markings on the uppersides are generally fainter in the spring and autumn than the summer. The butterfly uses a wide variety of wild flowers for nectaring (vervain is very good) and, like P.brassicae, is common over fresh rape growth after the harvest. Lavender is popular in gardens. The butterfly is most abundant in the summer.

 

Rhône list

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