This is a typical species of arid waste ground that appears from March onwards. It is a migratory species and the numbers of individuals on the wing can increase suddenly in a single day. The biggest migratory influx usually occurs in May or June, when individuals arrive from North Africa; these are often the first examples of the species seen during the year. It is easy to confuse it with the other ‘whites’, but this species’ quicker and more irregular flight generally helps separate the Bath white. Its larvae feeds on various crucifers and it hibernates as a chrysalis.
Scientific name: Pontia daplidice
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