Green-veined whites flying

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Green-veined white
 
Green-veined white   Naeriliblikas        Pieris napi
 
The rain has passed, an hour or two of sunshine brings the green-veined whites out from hiding. It is simple to distinguish between the green-veined whites and the large or cabbage white (Pieris brassicae) – the veins of the wings are edged with a darker line that seems to be embossed with scale dust. The green-veined whites are day-time butterflies (Rhopalocera). The undersides of the wings of these butterflies are darker so they  can masquerade as a ”little leaf” and more:  only these butterflies have antennae with a little button at the tip.
On feeding the butterflies use their proboscis for sucking; in resting position it is rolled up in a spiral. They feed from flower nectar or tree sap or secretions. The green-veined whites are seen at water puddles too feeding on mineral substances there.


 

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