The Eastern Bath White (Pontia edusa) (18)
|The Eastern Bath White (Pontia edusa) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found from the South East of France up to Central Europe. |
There are, apparently, two species of Bath White in Europe and N Africa - Pontia daplidice and Pontia edusa. The differences appear to be biochemical. So to all intents and purposes the species are impossible to separate except in the high tech laboratory.
The split between daplidice and edusa occurs roughly along the eastern border of France. To the west is daplidice, to the east is edusa. North Africa hosts daplidice. Often common but can crop up just about anywhere as singletons.
This is a very strong flier. It is usually seen flying very rapidly and directly across usually dry places with grass or stones. It is attracted to flowers but only stays briefly before flying on. In the morning though it can be found warming up on rocks in the sun when close approach is easiest.
Another version in my WS !