Green-veined White (Pieris napi)

Peak District 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)

Peak District status: A common and widespread resident in both Dark and White Peak. Breeds in a range of habitats and common in damp rushy areas where one of its main food plants, Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) grows. Reaches at least to 400m in sheltered moorland cloughs. There are two overlapping broods and it is seen from late April to September.

Green-veined White butterfly on a purple flower