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Mariposa blanca verdinervada

Pieris napi

Description:

Especie de mariposa pequeña de la familia Pieridae con tamaño medio de color amarillo y blanco. Su vuelo es más lento que el de otros piéridos.

Habitat:

Caminos en el humedal de la Marjal de los Moros (Puzol, Valencia).

2 Comments

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 9 years ago

Bayucca, thank you very much for your information, I had not thought about the possibility of differences in this species. Best regards.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

I think this is not Rapae, since it would never have these slim black stripes at the apex of the forewing. This is typical for Napi. I also do not think it is Pieris manni, since the black spot is usually larger than in your spotting. The problem is that all of these Pieris have several generations through the year (usually 3 to even 4 per year, depending on the conditions) which could slightly differ within the same species and also within the same genus, meaning for example: Large Pieris rapae is larger than a small Pieris brassicae, usually it is viceversa). Pieris napi is one of most common ones in Europe. Please, take a look at the different pictures and decide yourself. I think this is Pieris napi. However, in the Mediterranean area there might be some different species, would might fit as well (which I actually don't think in this case). If you scroll down the site you will find some excellent illustrations to compare the different species.
http://schmetterling-raupe.de/art/napi.h...
http://www.lepiforum.de/cgi-bin/lepiwiki...
http://www.lepiforum.de/cgi-bin/lepiwiki...

eulalia rubio
Spotted by
eulalia rubio

Valencia, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Mar 16, 2012
Submitted on Mar 16, 2012

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