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May 10, 2012 8:56 AM

An unusual southern small white?

I photographed this butterfly a few days ago. To the naked eye it looked like a southern small white but when I looked at the photograph I noticed some features that are not mentioned in my butterfly guide. The outer margin of the forewing, around the dark mark, is striated and the margin is scalloped. Have I misidentified the species or is this simply an undocumented feature?IMG_9805(small).JPG
Here's a close-up of the r wing showing the scalloped edge.

 

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    May 10, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: An unusual southern small white?

    Hello,

    Did you take the photo in Morocco or in Southern Europe? That's the known distribution of the Southern Small White. But to me it looks more like a female Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines. Here are some photos on this page.

    I hope this helps.

    Yours,

    Florin

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