Whites and Sulphurs: West Virginia White Pieris virginiensis
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1.75" - 2.13"|
|Habitat:||Rich moist woodlands|
|Flight Period:||April to May|
|Larval Host Plant:||Toothwort, rockcress|
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Ventral view with light brown or grey veining. The West Virginia White is declining across its region. One reason is due to the non-native plant, Garlic Mustard. The West Virginia White female confuses the Garlic Mustard with its host plant, Toothwort and the hatchling caterpillars cannot consume it and die. Efforts are being made to eradicate the Garlic Mustard in these sensitive areas.
The West Virginia Whites had a strong showing in 2016 with over 50 butterflies seen on this particular visit.
Puddle party of West Virginia Whites. Many butterflies sip from wet soil and mud puddles to gain important nutrients and minerals.