Western White Butterfly

Western White Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Western White
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Pieridae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

Very similar to the checkered white, western whites are found in the north west rather than the southern states. Wing markings vary throughout the year and between male and females. In fact, these butterflies use the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum to distinguish between males and females. Males wing scales absorb UV light whereas female wings reflect UV. Although males patrol for females, female are known to approach males. This specimen was sipping a nectar breakfast in an alpine meadow in Northern California.