Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Neophasia menapia

Pine White



Until recent years, this butterfly could be seen in large numbers in late July and August flying high near the tops of pine and fir trees, but it has been increasingly scarce since the mid 1990s. The flight is characteristically light and floating, reminding one of a small fragment of tissue paper floating in the wind. Winter is spent in the egg. The caterpillars feed high, near the tops of pine or fir trees, and it is usually necessary to climb a tree to find them. They pupate also among the needles, high up. Caterpillars found on the ground are probably parasitized. The adults are sexually dimorphic. The one shown here on a thistle flower is a male; the other is a female.

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