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It is a small to medium-sized migrant butterfly, with a wingspan reaching about 45 mm. The upperside of the wings is white, with black stains on the top of the forewing and hindwing. The hind wing undersides have greenish-gray spots. The adults fly from March to October.
It is found from the South East of Europe (Southern France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia) up to Central Europe and Middle East in Iran and Iraq. It is a migrant who can also be encountered in Belgium, Holland, northern Germany and Poland, in the Baltic states and in southern Sweden and Norway.
The butterfly is nearly identical to Pontia daplidice. The only was to surely ID them is DNA which is completely different. Daplidice is found is Western and Central Europe to Eastern Asia and that includes this area too but somewhere is also mentioned is rarer presence comparing to edusa that made me believe that is more likely edusa in a non remote, crowded area than a rarer daplice. Both species are migrating, although daplidice less than edusa. Bayucca even pointed out that there even could exist its offspring-crossing between 2 species (Pontia edusa/daplidice).
Spotted on May 24, 2013
Submitted on May 24, 2013
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