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Small White - or is it?

Observed: 9th August 2009 By: PerdikaPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in InvertebratesPerdika’s reputation in Invertebrates
Small white - Pieris rapae 09-08-09
Small white - Pieris rapae 09-08-09 1
Small white - Pieris rapae 09-08-09 1 2
Description:

I am really have difficulty with these three whites, photographed at different times in my garden. At the time, I thought all three of them were Small Whites, largely on account of their size, but the dark wing-tips on the first two seem too large, and the third doesn't have any wing-tip markings at all! All were photographed in August.

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Species with which Pieris brassicae (Large white) interacts

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anonymous spotter's picture

The black wing-tips -

do appear to be "optional" in the Small White, although most illustrations show them. They are always much less noticeable than in the larger species,