Small Whites mating

Small Whites mating. Photo: Paul Griffiths

Paul noticed these Small Whites mating on a buddleia in his Bearwood garden on 12/07/18.

This year the ‘Whites’ were some of the most frequently seen species in gardens.

An interesting fact is that it is believed that this butterfly can fly up to 100 miles in its lifetime although, undoubtedly, most butterflies will only travel a mile or two. Evidence of the mobility of this species comes from a misguided introduction in Melbourne in 1939.  three years after its introduction, the species had reached the west coast of Australia some 1,850 miles away in only 25 generations.

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