Ann sent us this photo of a Small White which she saw in her Corfe Mullen garden on 26/03/19.
She thought it seemed rather early but on checking the sightings page on our website it has been reported in various places over the past week and it is usually recorded from early March through to November.
Andy took this photo on 5/04/18 above the Ulwell layby near Swanage, and says:
My first Small White of 2018 flying along the meadow above Ulwell lay-by. The butterfly was constantly being harassed by passing amorous male Brimstone. Spring on its way at last.
This species is usually found from early March -Nov, if the temperatures are warm enough. This year would have been the exception with the snow and ice experienced in the whole of the UK. As gardeners are only too aware the caterpillars favoured foodplant is the cabbage family, hence it being wrongly called a cabbage white by non butterfly enthusiasts.
Hopefully the amorous Brimstone realised its mistake. Should have gone to SpecSavers!
A male Green-veined White photographed near Winterbourne Zelston on 03/04/2017. Brian spotted a total of seven species, including several Peacocks, single specimens of Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Orange Tip and Brimstone.
Large and Small White caterpillars. Photo: Andrew Cooper
A selection of Large White (Pieris brassicae) and a couple of Small White (Pieris rapae) caterpillars that Andrew found in his Bournemouth garden, photographed on 20/08/2016.
He explains that the caterpillars were originally feeding on Nasturtiums but he brought them indoors to protect from predators and has given them Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) while the Nasturtiums recover!
From Penny: “I thought you might like this pretty, but slightly tattered, White. I had a day out at the Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens on Monday 27th June. Lovely hot day. Also found Red Admirals, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.”
Possibly a Small White, though it’s not easy to tell how far the black marking at the tip of the wings goes – it’s a smaller mark on Small Whites than Large Whites, but too much of the wing is missing on this specimen to be very sure.