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Small White Butterflies

Observed: 22nd July 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
Butterflies, Large White, drinking, Little Paxton, 2013-07-21 001
Butterflies, Large White, drinking, Little Paxton, 2013-07-21 005
Butterflies, Large White, drinking, Little Paxton, 2013-07-22 007
Description:

There were also a few Peacocks in the same area (though not in the same group). Close to water on a very hot day (32.5F).
I've identified the habitat as marsh and bog as being the closest description, but really it's mud near a pool.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae) interacts

Comments

Michael Funnell's picture

Difficult to say whether they

Difficult to say whether they are large or small white as the top markings are not visible. I think it's more likely to be small white.

Simon Walker's picture

This Might Help

Hi Mike,
I've added another image which shows one of the butterflies taking off. It's not great, which is why I didn't include it, but it might aid in identification.
As to size, there were some Peacocks around, and these Whites weren't much smaller, if at all.

Regards

Sion

Michael Funnell's picture

Hi Sion

The one with open wings is a male small white.
Photographs don't need to be that good for id purposes - it's better to have a blurry one to show key features than a super one where the key features are not visible.

For large and small whites the key feature is the black wing tip marking. If it's a black mark across the tip - roughly triangular - it's a small white, but if it has a large black wing tip marking curving a long way down the edge of the fore wing it's a large white.

Size overlaps so that isn't a guide. Females of both species have two black dots on upper side of wings, much darker in summer broods. Male SW have one dot on upp side of wings LW don't have any.

If there are black markings around the veins on both upper and undersides of wings then it's Green veined white.

Hope that helps
Mike

Simon Walker's picture

Thanks, Mike

Most useful.

Regards

Simon

Simon Walker's picture

Thanks, Mike

Most useful.

Regards

Simon