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Apr 23, 2014 12:43 PM

Green-veined White?

Think It may be the above species (spotted today) but not confident enough to say for sure. Identification help would be much appreciated. First one I have noted this year so far in the white department but the numbers of small tortoiseshell have been unbelievably high!SAM_0872.JPGSAM_0875.JPG

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    Apr 23, 2014 1:30 PM (in response to Donna B)
    Re: Green-veined White?

    Hi

     

    You are correct, a lovely Green Veined White

     

    Steve

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    Apr 23, 2014 1:41 PM (in response to Donna B)
    Re: Green-veined White?

    Hi Donna,

     

    Yes - definitely green-veined white, Pieris napi.

    But the question is: which subspecies?

    I am fairly sure this is spp. britannica;

    read all about it

    - http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=napi

     

    Note that, in case it wasn't confusing enough, there are also races and there are 79 named aberrations!

     

    An aside...

    Many years ago, I collected a P. napi that was a bilateral gynandromorph - male on one side, female on the other.

    It managed to fly OK, somehow, but must have been very confused mentally.

    If you were not aware of these freaks of nature, have a look at these images (not just in butterflies)

    - https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bilateral+gynandromorph&tbm=isch

    Quite surprising, eh?!

     

    Mike

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