12th May 2018

Green-veined White Butterfly: here is the other white butterfly, out and about right now, that is not harmful to your brassicas and, on the contrary, is a helpful pollinator. Try to see this butterfly at rest, or feeding, which is when the ‘green’ veins, actually made up of black and yellow, show most beautifully. They are most marked early in the year, as they tend to fade when the butterfly is older, (much like me really).

Green-veined White

Green-veined White

Female Green-veined White.

As you can see, it loves feeding on wallflowers, Ladies Smock and other open- headed, spring flowers. Conditions: Cloud with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 16 Min 9C


14th May 2017

Green-veined White- a favourite and very wide-spread butterfly, flying in our garden, grasslands, woodland rides (this morning this one in the wonderful bluebell Woolley Woods,) and parks.  May is the peak time to see this butterfly– the veins are really a combination of black and yellow scales. The female, here, has wing-spots and this one has probably mated, as its abdomen is pointed up, showing males it is not receptive. Conditions : sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 17- Min 10c.

Female Green-veined White

14th September 2016

Green-Veined White Butterflies are one of the most common and widespread of our butterflies, but, indicative of the poor year this has been for so many butterfly species, this one, (yesterday in the garden), is the first I have seen anywhere all year. Beautiful, and often mistaken for a Small (‘Cabbage’) White, these do not damage brassicas and they are beautiful, at rest. The veins are not actually green but an optical illusion caused by yellow scales overlaying black. Conditions: Very hot again after a storm last night! Temperature: Max 25- Min 16c.

A second, 'summer brood' Green-Veined White

A second, ‘summer brood’ Green-Veined White. Green-Veined have several, varying numbers of black spots

Green-Veined White

Green-Veined White

Female Green-veined white.

Female Green-veined white.

Green Veined White

Green Veined White- the veining can fade and vary