mustard white

(Pieris oleracea)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

 

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NatureServe

N4 - Apparently Secure

S4S5 - Secure to Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Two broods: Early May to mid-June and early July to late September

Habitat

Moist, northern deciduous forests, bogs, fens, shrubby wetlands, woodland edges, moist grasslands near woodlands

 
Size

Wingspan: 1 to 2

 

Identification

The wing uppersides are white with no black spots and no black on the tip.

The wing uppersides on the first brood (in spring) has black dusting near the wing bases, along some of the veins, and at the tip. The underside has some veins conspicuously edged with greenish-black, especially on the hindwing.

The wing uppersides on the second brood (in summer) are white with no dark markings and less or no black dusting. The underside of the forewing is white, the hindwing pale yellow.

 
Similar
Species

Cabbage white (Pieris rapae) forewing upperside has one (male) or two (female) black spots near the center of the forewing and black on the tip.


Larval Food

Leaves of plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family.

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 20, 21, 29, 30.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Pieridae (whites, yellows and sulphurs)

 

Subfamily:

Pierinae (whites)

 

Tribe:

Pierini

 

Subtribe:

Pierina

 
Subordinate Taxa

Newfoundland white (Pieris oleracea frigida)

mustard white (Pieris oleracea oleracea)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

eastern veined white

mustard white


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Mustard White Butterfly (copulation attempt)
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