mustard white

(Pieris oleracea)

Conservation Status
mustard white
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N4 - Apparently Secure

S4S5 - Secure to Apparently Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: 1 to 2

 
     
 

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.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

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

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

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

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Leaves of plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 20, 21, 29, 30.

 
  11/5/2018      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Pieris  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Newfoundland white (Pieris oleracea frigida)

mustard white (Pieris oleracea oleracea)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

eastern veined white

mustard white

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Spring Form

 
    mustard white      
           

 

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Mustard White
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  Mustard White  
 
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Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)
Andree Reno Sanborn
  Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)  
Pieris napi (Mustard White)
Allen Chartier
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Other Videos
 
  Mustard White Butterfly - Walworth Co. - 14 April 2012
Eric Howe
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 14, 2012

Mustard White Butterfly (copulation attempt)
Walworth Co.
14 April 2012

 
       

 

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