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Dappled white butterfly

The dappled white butterfly (Euchloe ausonia) is only found in southern Europe where it inhabits flowery meadows up to around 2000 metres. There are three varieties of dappled white, the commonest being the one that is found at lower latitudes.

The wingspan is up to 4.8 centimetres. The wings are white with black tips and a black spot on each forewing. There are black and yellow scales on the underside. Females are darker than males.

The caterpillar is green with a white line down the sides, yellow stripes down the back and small black spots all over. The pupa is straw coloured and looks like a dead leaf.

The dappled white flies in early summer at higher latitudes and in early and late spring in the lowlands. The food plant is candytuft and related species.

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Image Credit » Zeynel Cebeci. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence

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markgraham wrote on January 30, 2016, 5:40 PM

It looks like a piece of jewelry.

crowntower wrote on February 20, 2016, 4:44 PM

That Butterfly is so beautiful. It reminds me on how's life being transform after a long hardship... but if we only strive harder we will all end up like this beautiful butterfly who become pleasant in the eyes of God.