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Butterflies found at the
Woodland Education Centre

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Large White

Species:
Distribution:
On the wing:
Larva:

Larval food plants:
General distribution:
Large White. Pieris brassicae
Almost anywhere on the reserve.
May to September.
Two or three generations a year, first generation pupate for two weeks. Second over winter, hatching in May.
Cabbage and other brassicas.
Found throughout the British Isles.
Small White Species:
Distribution:
On the wing:
Larva:

Larval food plants:

General distribution:
Small White. Artogeia rapae
Almost anywhere on the reserve.
March to mid May and mid June to August.
Two generations, the second generation over winters, hatching in March.
Cabbage and other brassicas, Charlock, Hedge Mustard and Watercress.
Ireland and the British mainland to Southern Scotland.
Green Veined White Species:
Distribution:
On the wing:
Larva:

Larval food plants:

General distribution:
Green Veined White. Pieris napi
Almost anywhere on the reserve.
May/June & July/August.
Two generations, the first generation hatches in two weeks. The second generation over winters and hatches in April.
Garlic Mustard, Hedge Mustard, Charlock, Watercress and Cuckoo Flower.
British Isles except northern Highlands and Shetlands.
Wood White Species:
Distribution:
On the wing:
Larva:

Larval food plants:
General distribution:
Wood White. Leptidea sinapis
Open woodland and rides.
May to late August.
Two generations, the second generation over winters and hatches in May.
Meadow Vetchling, Bitter Vetch and Tufted vetch.
Localized in England and Wales.
Orange Tip Species:
Distribution:
On the wing:
Larva:
Larval food plants:

General distribution:
Orange Tip. Anthocharis cardamines
Open woodland and rides.
May to June.
One generation which over winters and hatches in May.
Charlock, Hedge Mustard, Lady's Smock, Honesty, Cuckoo Flower and Garlic Mustard.
Ireland and mainland Britain although absent from much of Scotland.

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