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Wood white – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Wood white

Leptidea sinapis

A small powdery white butterfly with a wingspan of 32-44 mm, females often larger. There are several subspecies of this butterfly in Lebanon. The wood lives in a variety of habitats, particularly along the coastline, along roadsides, in scrub, woodland, meadows, warm grassland, and on stony mountainsides. Host plants include a number of legumes such as meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), crown-vetch (Coronilla varia), clover (Trifolium arvense), and birdsfoot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). This butterfly flies from March through September in a number of broods, each with characteristic markings. The flight is typically slow and low, keeping close to the shrubbery.

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