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Artogeia napi

Green Veined White

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Valais, Switzerland, April/ May 2010

 

N Sweden, June 2010

 

Valais, Switzerland, April 2009

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2007

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2008
Robber fly.

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2008

 

Valais, Switzerland, April 2006

 

Bucharest, Romania, June 2006

 

Bucharest, Romania, June 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

Cluj, Romania, June 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, April 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, March 2004

 

800m, Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

Could this be the Balkan Green-veined White, A. balcana?

 

800m, Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

Upperside of butterfly above, taking salts from sweat on my finger.

 

Ardennes, Belgium, June 2001

 


This is an extremely widespread species, found across Europe and the mountains of north Africa, in a huge variety of habitats flying throughout the season in a number of broods. It is also extremely variable in intensity of dark markings on both surfaces and also the extent of the markings. Spring butterflies are, on average, darker than subsequent broods.

The variability between populations has led to a large number of named forms and subspecies and even species. The Balkan Green Veined White (Artogeia balcana) is still up for debate as a separate species although physical differences in the genitalia are reported to make cross paring with napi very difficult/ unlikely in the wild. The two photos above of a butterfly found in SW Bulgaria show greatly reduced underside veining which is associated with balcana.

 

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