Mountain small white

Pieris ergane detersa

Another of the small white butterflies, with a wingspan of 38-48 mm, resembles the small white but its forewings are more pointed and have darker tips. As its name suggests, the mountain small prefers montane habitats, generally at lower and middle elevations, on dry stony slopes and in open scrub, thickets, forest clearings, grassland, and pastures. The host plant associated with this species is woad (Isatis tinctoria). It flies April through September in several broods, the flight is described as slow and “measured.”

 

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Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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