Bath White (Pontia daplidice)
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2023 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
This is a much more attractive butterfly than may be apparent as it flits past, especially the female. It seems to be on the wing in May/early June and again, in greater numbers, in September. Whether this is because it is double brooded, which the timing might suggest, or whether the September brood is an influx of migrants, is hard to say. Lafranchis says its flight period is March to October in two to four generations and that it is resident in the Mediterranean region, but that does not quite account for its disappearance (in my experience) from mid-June to the end of August.
It is quite easy to tell the male from the female from the extent of the black markings on the upperside, the male uph being unmarked.
This is another species with a quite misleading English name, as it was first seen (allegedly, although there seems to be no clear evidence) in England near Bath, so it gets stuck with a name as daft as the Camberwell Beauty, even though its subsequent visits to Bath must have been very infrequent indeed.
a first brood male, easily identified by body shape and the dark markings which are much lighter than the female, especially on the uph.
|a male, with particularly light markings on the forewing apex.
|a male with very strong and contrasted markings.
|a female, very fresh with the black markings very well contrasted with the pure white background.
a clearly marked female. The black discoidal mark does not appear to reach the costa. It has a small tear in the left hindwing.
|a male, stopping in a brief spell of cloudy weather. A beautiful yellow-green colouring on the unh.
|a mating pair. I suspect the female is on the right.
a very fresh female, with a bright yellow-green colouring.
|a female, a rather pale unh colour.