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Great Southern White Butterfly

Ascia monuste monuste

Description:

Light gray, nearly white butterfly with yellow spots behind it's eyes and under the base of it's wings.

Habitat:

Adults found feeding on flowering basil plants.

Notes:

I found the caterpillars eating my radish plants and when one went to pupate I collected the pupa and after a week this butterfly emerged. It left a drop of blood red fluid on the leaf that the pupa was attached too. I'll post a spotting soon of the caterpillars and adults feeding outside. You can see the spottings with the pupa and caterpillars here, http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/824... and http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/815... Higher resolution images can be seen here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/66454855@N...

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1 Comment

WOW! Thank you so much, SG in CR, I just found this caterpillar today and thanks to you I know what the Pupa looks like and also the Butterfly.

Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Lat: 11.00, Long: -85.28

Spotted on Sep 9, 2014
Submitted on Sep 13, 2014

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