Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Cheshire local information

When to see: April-September

Where to see: Variety of habitats with damp, lush vegetation

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 40-52mm

Caterpillar food plant: Charlock (aka Field Mustard) (Sinapis arvensis), Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiola), Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis), Water-cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)

Cheshire status: Widespread and abundant, especially in damp, sheltered areas. Breeds in a range of habitats from sea-level to the Pennine hills where it is the most likely “white” to be encountered. Double-brooded with the largest numbers normally encountered during the second emergence.


Spotlight on Cheshire Butterflies: the Green-veined White

Green-veined White on a purple flower