October 18, 2014

Checkered White Butterfly

The Checkered White Butterfly is also sometimes called the Southern Cabbage Butterfly. The gender is obvious because the butterflies' male and female patterns are actually very different from each other.

This butterfly is male. The female Checkered White Butterfly has many more dark markings on it than the male.

Common Name: Checkered White Butterfly
Scientific Name: Pontia protodice
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
                              Superfamily: Papilionoidea (Butterflies, excluding skippers)
                                   Family: Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows)
                                        Subfamily: Pierinae (Whites
                                             Tribe: Pierini (Cabbage Whites, Checkered Whites, Albatrosses)
                                                  Subtribe: Pierina
                                                       Genus: Pontia (Checkered Whites)
                                                            Species: protodice (Checkered Whites)
Other Facts: The larvae are green with yellow stripes down its length and have black bumps all over it with dark hairs coming out of them.

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