Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Car Property: Female Checkered White Butterfly

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 25, 2014. The female Checkered White Butterfly (Pontia protodice) is more dramatically patterned than the male.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

I'd never seen this butterfly before in the neighborhood, but I knew I'd seen it online.  The distinctive pattern on its rear wings caught my eye, while I was walking on the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property. 

Neighbors report a seeing an increase in butterflies of all species this year.  Click here for all the species we've documented in the neighborhood. There are likely many more, but we just haven't gotten clear photos of them yet.