Two woodwhite butterflies that alighted near me the righthand one began to flick its probocis over and back across the others head, this lasted 6-7 minutes before I had to leave,is this some courtship ritual ?
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Given your location, these are more likely to be Real's Wood White rather than Wood White - virtually all Wood Whites in Ireland are Real's except for a small WW population on the west coast. WW is usually found in woodland while RWW is more of a grassland/hedgerow species, but definite ID is only possible by dissection and genital examination, leading to the alternative name for RWW of big-willied wood white...
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Apparently Irish ones refered to L. reali are now Leptidea juvernica as a result of a recent genetic and chromosomal study.
Real's is now a species of SW Europe - the 'Real's' of Ireland is now the Cryptic Wood White, as David says.
Thank you all for these updates ,
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