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COURTING WOODWHITES

Observed: 19th May 2010 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

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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Species interactions

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rimo's picture

Given your location, these

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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DavidNotton's picture

recent name change

Apparently Irish ones refered to L. reali are now Leptidea juvernica as a result of a recent genetic and chromosomal study.

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Reference for more info

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Real's is now a species of SW

Real's is now a species of SW Europe - the 'Real's' of Ireland is now the Cryptic Wood White, as David says.

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Wood whites

Thank you all for these updates ,

Foxy