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Bath White Larvae

Pontia edusa/daplidice

Description:

caterpillars at various stages of development, from 2 to 4 cm in length, with yellow/white/black stripes and black spots, feeding on a Reseda plant; "The butterfly is nearly identical to Pontia daplidice. Investigations of the genitals are the only way to distinguish between these two types." ~wiki

Habitat:

spotted in my desert garden

Notes:

see spotting of the pupa: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/238...

3 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks, bayucca! I obviously need a new species checklist for Egypt. I just checked and mine has not been updated since 2007.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

I would call this one Pontia edusa/daplidice. There are both reported from Egypt and it is not possible to separate them from each other with out the native specimen and DNA. There are still lot of discussions about these species.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thank you both for your input! According to my Butterflies of Egypt guide, we have two species of Pontia here in Egypt - P. glauconome and P. daplidice. I think it's the latter, the Bath White.

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

Egypt

Spotted on May 9, 2013
Submitted on May 10, 2013

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