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Butterflies - Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Adults can be seen on the wing from early April until September. There are generally two broods. Individuals from the first brood are smaller than the second brood. Females are generally more heavily patterned than the males having larger/darker and more black patches on the upper forewings but both sexes are very variable depending upon location and season.

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)
Water-cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis)

The Green-veined White occurs in almost all localities and one of the world's most successful butterflies. It prefers hedgerows and river banks with lush vegetation in sheltered, damp locations where the larval food plant and abundant nectar sources such as dandelion can be found.

Resident in Warwickshire.

Find out more about the Green-veined White online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Green-veined White butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Green-veined White Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Green-veined White - 2011 records / distribution. Green-veined White - 2010 records / distribution. Green-veined White - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Green-veined WhiteGreen-veined White © Steven Cheshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Green-veined White submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

18/04/2018 Kenilworth

01/04/2017 Temple Balsall Churchyard

13/04/2016 Ashlawn Cutting

05/04/2015 Studley

29/03/2014 Solihull garden

15/04/2013 Styvechale, Coventr

27/03/2012 Ryton Wood Meadows / Purley Quarry

06/04/2011 Priory Fields, Yardley Wood / Harts

08/04/2010 Ladywalk NR / Dosthill NR

04/04/2009 Hillmorton, Rugby

12/04/2008 Wolston

14/03/2007 Charlecote

Other Species

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