Butterflies & moths to look for in September — Green Veined White Butterfly

Green Veined White Butterfly

Where to look

To see one, look in damp places such as hedgerows, ditches, banks of rivers, lakes and ponds, damp meadows. It is less common in gardens and parks and dryer, open habitats like chalk grassland


The Green-veined White butterfly (Pieris napi) is widespread and common throughout Britain and Ireland. When flying, it is easily confused with 
the Small White butterfly, but when it settles, the Green-veined White has distinctive grey-green veins on its wings. It flies over large areas in search of a mate and breeding grounds. The males sometimes gather together in large numbers on mud, known as ‘mud-puddling’. Butterflies get most of their food from nectar but although it is rich in sugar, it lacks some important nutrients that butterflies need for reproduction and for those, some butterflies visit puddles!

For more info see https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/green-veined-white

Where we've found Green Veined White Butterflies

Green Veined White Butterfly spottings journal (5 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
10 Aug 2020 Wythall Ilse Layfield Leafgatherers I saw this in my Grannie's garden.
22 Jun 2020 Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
7 May 2020 Cirencester Sebastian Ireland Class
3 May 2020 St Mawgan Gav Blended Slightly blurry green veined white butterfly.
3 May 2020 St Mawgan Daisy Blended Green veined white butterfly in the woods.


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