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Butterflies of Nebraska -- Pieris marginalis

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Butterflies of Nebraska

Margined White (Pieris marginalis)
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Margined White (Pieris marginalis Scudder)

Wing span: 1 1/2 - 2 1/4 inches (3.8 - 5.7 cm).

Identification: Summer form is pure white above and below; spring form has black-tipped upper forewing. Underside of hindwing and apex of forewing have veins edged with yellow-green or gray-green.

Life history: Males patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on underside of host plant leaves on which the caterpillars feed. Chrysalis hibernates.

Flight: Two flights from February-September in the West.

Caterpillar hosts: Various native plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers of the mustard family and other plants.

Habitat: Forests, meadows, deciduous woods, streamsides.

Range: Southern British Columbia and Alberta south to central California and southern New Mexico; east to eastern Wyoming and eastern Colorado.

Conservation: Not usually required.

Management needs: Study effects of logging and grazing.

References:

Opler, P. A. and G. O. Krizek. 1984. Butterflies east of the  Great Plains. 
     Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 294 pages, 54 color plates.

Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern  butterflies. 
     Peterson field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co.,  Boston. 396 pages, 
     48 color plates.

Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies.  Houghton-Mifflin 
     Co., Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:

Dankert, N., Nagel, H., and T. Nightengale. 1993. Butterfly Distribution Maps- 
     Nebraska. University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised 
     edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.

Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. 
     Privately published, Denver, Colo.

Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. 
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Margined White (Pieris marginalis)
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