Great Southern White by Lisa G. Putman

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Great Southern White ~ Ascia monuste

Canon EOS 30D SLR

Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Subfamily: Whites (Pierinae)

Identification: Upper surface of male forewing white with black zigzag pattern on outer margin. Dry season female form resembles male with heavier black zigzag pattern and a small black spot in the wing cell. Wet-season female is darkened with black scales above and below.

Life history: Males patrol for females. Eggs are laid on the upper surface of host plant leaves in groups of about 20.

Flight: All year in South Texas, peninsular Florida, and along the Gulf Coast.

Wing span: 2 1/2 – 3 3/8 inches (6.3 – 8.6 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Mustard family (Brassicaceae) plants including beach cabbage (Cakile maritima), cultivated cabbage and radish, peppergrass (Lepidium species); and plants in the caper family (Capparidaceae) including nasturtium.

Adult food: Nectar from many species of flowers including saltwort, lantana, and verbena.

Habitat: Salt marshes, coastal dunes, open fields, and gardens.

Range: Resident of south Atlantic and Gulf coasts south through tropical America. Migratory along the Southeastern coast. Strays to Maryland, Kansas, and Colorado.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 – Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A lovely composition – simply beautiful!!!!!!

  • Stephanie Hillson
    Stephanie Hillsonover 5 years ago

    brilliant detail!!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    stunning capture

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 5 years ago

    Lisa, this is wonderful. Looks like this beauty is staring right at you! Amazing clarity, vibrancy, and color! By the way, the print of Autumn in the Ozarks came in and it’s GORGEOUS! My friend will love it!

  • Thanks, so much, Bonnie, for the sweet comment. I am so pleased you are happy with your prnt!

    – Lisa G. Putman

  • courier
    courierover 5 years ago

    Lisa, this is so outstanding. Just love the way you can actually see the other wing as a shadow. Very cool.

  • Skye Ryan-Evans
    Skye Ryan-Evansover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photograph, Lisa and excellent presentation! The species info is also very helpful! ~ Skye

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 5 years ago

    Just so beautiful Lisa

  • dc witmer
    dc witmerover 5 years ago

    fantastic shot Lisa

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, love the lighting and a beautiful butterfly

  • Jeff VanDyke
    Jeff VanDykeover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot!!! Great detail!!

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