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Desert White

Pontia glauconome

Description:

"Most members of this family are white or yellow and are characterised by medium size, fully functional forelegs, and the forked claws on the tips of the legs. They also have pigments in the wings that either reflect or absorb ultraviolet light, such that the wings produce a variety of attractive patterns. It is thought that the ultraviolet pattern on the wings is used by the male and female desert white to identify the opposite sex during courtship." ~arkive

Habitat:

spotted in my desert garden; resident in Egypt

Notes:

Similar to P. daplidice but with yellow lining on underside of wings

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8 Comments

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you, Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Beautiful butterfly.. Very nice series..

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thanks, Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

What a beauty with these yellow veins! Great spotting Bernadette.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thanks for checking, bayucca!

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Your ID is correct.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 9 years ago

Thank you, alice! She was a cooperative critter. :-)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Lovey series!

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 17, 2013

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