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Great Southern White Butterfly

Ascia monuste monuste


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


Adults found feeding on flowering basil plants.


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, and Higher resolution images can be seen here,

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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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