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Green-veined White showing beautifully marked upper and underwing .Feeding on Bright ly coloured Purple Loosestrife

Green-veined White, Photo: Penny Hawes

Seen in Bournemouth Gardens on 20/07/2017

Beautiful markings which can be quite variable. This fresh looking specimen would be from the second brood which is approximately mid June to July in the UK

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Green-veined White mating refusal

Male and female Green-veined Whites under a leaf

Green-veined White. Photo: Penny Hawes

Male and female Green-veined whites under a leaf

Green-veined White. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny did well to catch these two Green-veined Whites in Bournemouth Gardens on 20/07/2017. She is probably right in thinking the female is in a mating refusal posture. Some butterfly species have evolved this behaviour so that when the female is already mated she refuses the male, allowing her to get on with laying her fertilised eggs. This is done by her holding her wings wide open and raising her abdomen almost to a vertical position, often with the genitalia extruded.