Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Pieris napi

Green-veined White

Widespread and common throughout Britain and Ireland.


Wings white with prominent greenish veins on hind wing. Upper wings have one or more spots. Small White is similar but lacks the green veins.

What does the Green-veined White eat?

The Green-veined White eats A range of food, these include: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis), Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale) Water- cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum), Charlock (Sinapis arvensis), Large Bitter-cress (C. amara), Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum). Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus).

What habitat does the Green-veined White live in?

The Green-veined White is a common butterfly that prefers damp, lush vegetation where the foodplant is found. It usually occurs in hedgerows, ditches, banks of rivers, lakes and ponds, damp meadows, moorland and woodland rides and edges. The butterfly can be found in gardens but favours damp areas.


What family does the Green-veined White belong to?

The Green-veined White belong to the Pieridae family.

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Scientific Name

Pieris napi


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Medium sized

Wingspan Range: 50mm


Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland. Distribution trend since the 1970s = -1%

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