Checkered White

Pontia protodice (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1830])

Family: Pieridae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The Checkered White is an overwintering resident in the southern half of the United States, but strays north into Canada on a regular basis. It occurs statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple flights from March to November

Larval Hostplant(s): A wide variety of crucifers are fed upon including various Mustards (ArabisBrassicaDescurania and Sisymbrium species), Winter, Hoary and Penny Cress (Barbarea vulgarisCardaria draba and Thlaspi arvense), Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursapastoris), and Peppergrasses (Lepidium species). Ornamental Alissum is utilized as well.

Habitat: As a wide-ranging colonizer this butterfly can occur anywhere, but favors disturbed weedy areas where its host plants thrive. 

Found at:

Overwintering: As pupae

Similar Species: California and Western Whites


Common Name, Location, Photographer
Checkered White – female, dorsal
Checkered White – male, dorsal

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