The Pine White Butterfly can usually be seen fluttering up high amoung the conifer trees. The day I took this photo, there were all kinds of them flying up high among the Fir trees.
The Pine White butterfly has a wing span of between 25.4 mm (1 3/4 in) and 50.8 mm ( 2 1/4 in). Its forewings are white on the upper sides with heavy black marking on its wing tips and black edges. The undersides of the back wings have black veins. Males and females are similar, but the female is a little duller in color and her hind wings are sometimes edged in red and tinged with yellow.
The White Pine Butterfly can be found from southern British Columbia and Alberta south to the mountains of southern California, northern Arizona, central New Mexico and the western most edges of South Dakota and Nebraska. It is absent from the northwest coastal forests.
They feed on the nectar of flowers ( as shown), including rabbitbrush and beebalm. The caterpillar eats the needles of various conifers including pines, Douglas-fir and true firs.
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Taken on July 29/12 at 4:42pm on south east Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon 100-400 L IS USM lens
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at 1/500’s at f/5.6, -1/3 ev, 400 mm, man white bal, iso 800.
No cropping, slight sharpening via lab mode, lightness channel.