Green-veined White, Piéride du navet, Blanca verdinervada, Bielinek bytomkowiec, Rapsweißling, Klein geaderd witje (Pieris napi)

Not selected for Google Earth or Google Maps [?]

Green-veined White, Piéride du navet, Blanca verdinervada, Bielinek bytomkowiec, Rapsweißling, Klein geaderd witje (Pieris napi)

Appearance and distribution

A circumboreal species widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, Japan and the Maghreb and North America (Many authors consider the Mustard White of North America to be conspecific with napi[1] or consider napi to be a superspecies). It is found in meadows, hedgerows and woodland glades but not as often in gardens and parks like its close relatives the Large and Small Whites, for which it is often mistaken. Like other "white" butterflies, the sexes differ. The female has two spots on each forewing, the male only one. The veins on wings of the female are usually more heavily marked. The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint, hence Green-veined White. Unlike these two butterflies it rarely chooses garden cabbages to lay its eggs on, preferring wild crucifers.

Life cycle and foodplants

The eggs are laid singularly on a wide range of foodplants including Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata, Cuckooflower Cardamine pratense, Water-cress Rorippa nastutium-aquaticum, Charlock Sinapis arvensis, Large bitter-cress Cardamine amara, wild cabbage Brassica oleracea and wild Radish Raphanus raphanistrum and so it is rarely a pest in gardens. The caterpillar is green and well camouflaged. It is often found feeding on the same plant as the Orange Tip but never competes for food because it only feeds on the leaves whereas the Orange Tip caterpillar feeds on the flowers and developing seed pods. Like other Pieris spp. it overwinters as a pupa.


Pieris napi is found in damp, grassy places with some shade, forest edges, hedgerows, meadows and wooded river valleys. The later generations, widen their catchment areas in the search for alternative forage crops in drier, but flowery places . In the Mediterranean the insect is also found in scrub around mountain streams or springs and on floodplains with Nasturtium officinale. It is found from sea level to high altitude (2500m. in Central Europe centrale, 2600 m in Italy).

Flight times

The generations vary with location, altitude and season. In Northern Europe, there are two or three generations from April to early September. In warmer areas, and in some good years there is a fourth generation. In southern Europe there are three or more partially overlapping generations from March to October.


Recent research has shown that when males mate with a female, they inject methyl salicylate along with their sperm. The smell of this compound repels other males, thus ensuring the first male's paternity of the eggs a form of chemical mate guarding.

The adult male of this species has a distinctive odour that resembles lemon verbena.


Some authorities consider Pieris napi to be a superspecies including the West Virginia White Butterfly, the Mustard White and the Dark-veined White.

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (11)

M.Kranenborg-Torn on May 6, 2012

Oh daar is ie dan, mooi Erik met even de paardebloem ervoor. Wat zijn ze mooi geaderd he, like.

Groetjes van Greetje

Erik van den Ham on May 6, 2012

Die voorjaarsgeneratie is wat betreft de adering altijd het mooist. Latere generaties zijn veel minder duidelijk geaderd.

Ze vliegen er met vele tientallen als het weer een beetje mooi is.

Groetjes, Erik

Teunis Haveman on May 6, 2012

Ik had afgelopen week het landkaartje inn voorjaarskleuren

Mooie Macro


gr teunis

Chris10 © on May 6, 2012

Beeldschoon Erik. Hier vlogen ze ook alweer en zijn prachtig herkenbaar ja. er vloog er zelfs eentje voor mijn lens langs ;)

Daag, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on May 6, 2012

Ah het Landkaartje heb ik helaas nog niet gezien Teunisdit jaar. Al wel weer een Atalanta.

Die voor de lens wilde zeker een actie foto van jouw Chris10!!

Groetjes, Erik

Chris10 © on May 6, 2012

Jazeker wilde die dat, maar het waaide een beetje hard en ik stond op de schuine kant van het taluut, dus kostte me wat moeite ;) Maar het is gelukt hoor ;)

Tjuus, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on May 6, 2012

Dan zie ik hem vast nog wel langsvliegen..... digitaal gezien dan!

Truste voor zo, Erik

Ps. misschien dinsdag weer naar Floriade om samen met Jasper daar de eenjarigen voor de stadsborder in te planten.

bdeh on May 7, 2012

Heel MOOI vastgelgd dat Geaderde witje Erik. Groeten Berend

Jack Tol on May 7, 2012

Gave macro met perfecte scherpte daar waar het hoort. Ook mooie lichtinval trouwens.



AnneliesMacro&More on May 8, 2012

Ook weer prachtig gefotografeerd met het licht door de vleugeltjes, LIKE ook deze!

groeten, Annelies

khoi tranduc on May 30, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 6, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Erik van den Ham