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Wood White

(Leptidea sinapis)


Male 27/04/05 Rhône (69)

12/05/03 Rhône (69)

02/05/05 Rhône (69)

These two individuals were involved in some sort of courtship ritual. Facing each other, the male on the left was shaking his head from side to side whilst bobbing his antennae up and down.

03/04/07 Rhône (69)

17/04/06 Rhône (69)

17/04/07 Rhône (69)

19/04/06 Rhône (69)......photo by Thomas Cowles

05/04/08 Rhône (69)

05/05/09 Rhône (69)

30/04/14 Rhône (69)


This species has a rather slow and ‘fluttering’ flight. Also the dark blob on the end of the males’ upper forewings is quite conspicuous in flight. The butterfly always rests with its wings closed and the grey shading and elongate shape of the hindwing in this pose is diagnostic. The female has been observed ovipositing on meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) in early April. It is generally acknowledged now that a second 'visually identical' species exists called Réal's Wood White (Leptidea reali). This separation from L.sinapis is largely based on genitalia studies. Geographically speaking it is possible that both these species could be flying in the Rhône.

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