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Pontia chloridice

Small Bath White

Field Notes

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Evros, Greece, May 2004 (m)

Male

 

Evros, Greece, May 2004 (m)

Male

 

Evros, Greece, May 2004 (f)

Female

 

Small Bath White
Pontia chlorodice

Distribution: This is one of Europe's rarest species. It flies in small widely spaced colonies in parts of extreme NE Greece, FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Bulgaria. There are a significant number of records from Finland (several dozen) indicating that it arrives here as a regular, if infrequent, migrant. I don't know where they originate from.

Identification: Resembles the other Bath Whites and the Dappled Whites. Follow this link for the to the Pontia species.

Flight time: Double brooded flying in early May and mid June.

Habitat: The habitat is distinctive. The foodplant only appears to grow on regularly disturbed pebbly places that generally occur at rivers and streams where periodic water flows prevent extensive growth of plants.

Behaviour: I've only ever found this species once and that was just before a huge rainstorm that lasted all day. So I have no so little experience with this species.

 

Evros, Greece, May 2004 (m)

 

Evros, Greece, May 2004 (m)

 

Evros, Greece, May 2004 (f)

 

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