Paul Leyland – Green-veined White

Paul writes: I can’t resist watching insects feeding on dandelions, so when I saw this Green-veined White last weekend I stopped to have a closer look. This butterfly probably suffers from being so widespread and common that it is dismissed as “just another white”. However, once seen close up they are subtly attractive with their green spotted eyes, hairy face and dark underwing patterns along the veins. I have been seeing them for the last couple of weeks but they have been flying for quite a while. The first adult this year was recorded on 24 February in Derbyshire. They have a long flight season, often having up to three broods, therefore will most probably still be seen in late Autumn time.

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