Portuguese Dappled White (Euchloe tagis)

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A much rarer cousin of the Dappled White (E. crameri). In France it is confined to the south-eastern corner, perhaps oddly given its name and the fact that it flies principally in the central region of Spain and in a small area of Portugal. These populations are quite geographically separated. It is generally rather smaller than crameri but superficially similar. The apical marks are very slightly different and the discoidal spot is characteristic, being connected to the costa.

The key differentiating feature is that the hindwing is gently curved where crameri has quite a sharp angle. The subspecies that occurs in France is bellezina. It emerges very early in the season and is single brooded. The sexes are very similar, but I suspect this could be a male.
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a slightly better view of the upperside.

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a slightly better view of the underside, although the curvature of the hindwing is not really clear. A better underside of the same butterfly is here: http://pagesperso-orange.fr/felixthecatalog.tim/portuguese_dappled_white.htm.

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