Species Page: Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Checkered White

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

Family: Pieridae

Status: Common 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.

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.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple flights from March to November.

Overwintering: As pupae

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

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 inches

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Similar Species: Spring and Western Whites