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Green-veined White Pieris napi

Habitat

The Green-veined White is found in most habitat types, but is commonest in damp localities where vegetation is lush, such as damp meadows, ditches, margins of lakes and rivers, woodland edges and wet moorland, noticeably being found at higher altitude than other whites.

Identification

It is most similar to the Small White, but the underwings are especially beautiful with vein edges picked out by yellow and black scales giving the illusion of green stripes. Markings on the upper wings vary, but all have thickened triangles at the tips of the veins on their forewings.

Flight times

Adults can be seen on the wing from April to October. There are usually two generations a year, peaking in late May and late July/early August. Occasionally a third emergence occurs during September/October.

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly on various crucifers, including Cuckooflower, Garlic Mustard and Hedge Mustard, as well as ornamental Nasturtiums and Alyssums in gardens.

Green-veined White - © Simon Jenkins cut out picture of green-veined white butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Green-veined White distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 394
First sighting 31/03/2010
Last sighting 24/09/2010
Green-veined White distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 495
First sighting 17/03/2011
Last sighting 14/10/2011
Green-veined White distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 395
First sighting 26/03/2012
Last sighting 01/10/2012
Green-veined White distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 689
First sighting 19/04/2013
Last sighting 07/10/2013
Green-veined White distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 680
First sighting 31/03/2014
Last sighting 12/11/2014
Green-veined White distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 686
First sighting 04/04/2015
Last sighting 11/10/2015
Green-veined White distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Green-veined White distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

 

Photo Gallery

Green-veined White

Green-veined White © Simon Jenkins

Green-veined White

Green-veined White © Simon Jenkins

Green-veined White

Green-veined White © Simon Jenkins

Green-veined White

Green-veined White © Christine Maughan

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