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PICTURE: Female butterfly seen in  Lower Derwent Valley, Yorkshire, May 2010.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a common resident to the British Isles, but is not seen quite as far north as the Large White.

 

WING SPAN: 40mm to 52mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: These butterflies can be seen from as early as late April through until early to mid June. Adults visit the flowers of many kinds of plants, and can be seen flying in overcast weather if it is reasonably warm. They can occasionally be pests on crops.

                 

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in singly on the under side of the seed pods on the food plant, and the eggs hatch in about a week. Pupation takes place on fences, walls, hedges or amongst vegetation etc, and they simply hang upright in the open, attached by a silken girdle. pupae are green or brown depending on the background colour of the pupation site. Shortly after pupation the chrysalis is green in colour, and as the summer goes on into autumn they very gradually change colour to a pale straw brown.

 

HABITAT: Woodland fringes and rides, hedgerows, meadows, damp marshy places and other open places where the food plants grow.

FOOD PLANT/S: The leaves and seed pods of Hedge Garlic and Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower).

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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