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Small white

Observed: 2nd August 2009 By: Iris003Iris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in InvertebratesIris003’s reputation in Invertebrates
Small white
Description:

Quite grey, so first brood?

Identifications
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Species with which Small white (Pieris rapae) interacts

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

second brood female

The relatively small grey tip to the wing confirms Small White, and the strong black spots suggest female rather than male. I would have said the second brood has more grey on it than the first, and also the time of year is right for second brood (first is out in mid-April to mid-June in a normal year, if such a thing exists!).

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Iris003's picture

Small White

Dear Martin, Finding the difference is much more complicated than you'd expect! My dad read a bit in Chinery that said, "dark markings much greyer in first brood" he thought that meant the wing tips, but I guess it means the spots!

Iris

Martin Harvey's picture

words

Yes, explaning visual things with words can be tricky! I think you're right that Chinery must mean the spots in the first brood are paler, but the differences between male and female don't help either!

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Entomologist and biological recorder