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Pontia helice helice
Keeps low to the ground where it often settles on low plants and feeds on flowers. Males show hilltopping behaviour. Underside wing pattern distinctive: apex of forewing and veins of hindwing broadly blackish brown with yellow edging
Common, widespread species found through most open habitats. Often seen in urban gardens. Photographed at Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria, RSA.
Alternate common names: Common Meadow White, African Cabbage White Afrikaans common name: Bontrokkie Wingspan: ♂ 35–40 mm ♀ 37–43 mm Flight period: Year-round, peaks Sept–Nov and Mar.