Checkered White Pontia protodice (Boisduval & Leconte, [1830])    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Pieridae   >   Genus Pontia   

Status:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) is generally a somewhat scarce species in our region, frequenting fields and other open habitats. This white butterfly shows scattered gray or charcoal markings, stronger on females. It may be found on the wing in Maryland in late June, with another brood flying from late August until early October (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Brock & Kaufman 2003).

Relationships:

This species utilizes various plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) as larval food plants, including pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum) and the nonnative shepard's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).

There are 45 records in the project database.

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A Checkered White in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (9/15/2012). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Checkered White in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (9/15/2012). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Checkered White in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Checkered White nectaring on Spreading Dogbane in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Checkered White in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/15/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Checkered White in Howard Co., Maryland (9/12/2016). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Checkered White collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/25/2000). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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