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Checkered White Butterfly

by Trevor E Holewinski

Checkered Butterfly

( Pontia protodice)


A black as well as white butterfly that can be seen throughout much of the USA and also southerly, For one reason or another, this butterfly leaves out the Pacific Northwest as part of its house array.

It is generally on the wing from springtime to fall, and also the all year in warmer climates.

This checkered butterfly often visits open rooms, parks and also frequently goes to house gardens.

It larvae feed upon particular members of the mustard family, such as cabbage, turnip eco-friendlies and also mustard. It is brought in to both your veggie and also flower yards.

The Checkered is resident in most of the southerly USA, yet additionally conquers north states as well as sometimes components of southern.

It is most typical in disturbed locations where its popular host plants occur. plants are the favored host plant for Checkered Butterflies.

I matured calling this butterfly, and also for several gardeners, it is merely called a Cabbage Butterfly’

r . Discription of the Checkered Butterfly:

This little checkered butterfly is primarily white over, with black spots that generally create a checkered pattern

Dimension of this butterfly is 1 and also 1/2 inches to 2 inches from wing idea to wing idea.


Open up locations, including desert, levels, and also disrupted areas. Basically any kind of disturbed completely dry open location such as vacant whole lots, railways, airports, completely dry meadow, deserts and cities are possible areas of habitation (specifically your gardens).

enhancement, populations might often be discovered in sparsely wooded areas, grasslands, and also meadows in the prairie and also park areas, generally in locations without hefty color.

Though it may appear these varieties of butterfly occupy a wide variety of atmospheres, they have been located to be lacking from specific regions for many years each time. [


The Checkered has a darting flight pattern.

Men patrol looking for ladies. Often great numbers of this butterfly are seen together.

Larvae and also Host plants:

This Checkered Larvae prey on numerous members of the mustard household. Turnip greens, mustard, cabbage, as well as other plants. Spider blossom (Cleome) is additionally a larval host. Larvae are green, with yellow and also gray stripes.

Favorite Nectar:

Aster (Aster), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Centaury (Centaurium) as well as others.

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