Pontia protodice, Checkered White

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Pontia protodice, Checkered White

Adult male

Description: 18-25 mm. This is a white butterfly with black "checkered" markings, females with heavier markings than males. Females can be more gray than white. Underside can be white or pale yellow.

 

Habitat and Distribution: Northern Keys in weedy fields and disturbed areas

 

Host Plant: pepper grass (Lepidium virginicum

 

Natural History: This butterfly may be a consistant stray to the Keys from the mainland from year to year. They show up in the Spring when the pepper grass is growing on the roadsides

 

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Pontia protodice, Checkered White egg

Eggs

Pontia protodice, Checkered White larva

Final instar larva

Pontia protodice, Checkered White

Adult female