Green-veined White

Name: Green-veined White

Scientific name: Pieris napi

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly small white butterfly, with a wingspan of about 5cm. Adults fly between April and October. A common butterfly, found in a wide variety of habitats, including hedgerows, woodland rides and meadows, as well as farmland, gardens and parks. The foodplants are members of the cabbage family, including cuckooflower and hedge mustard.

How to identify: Smaller than Large White with less black in the wing. Told from the Small White by the thick grey stripes along the veins on the underwings. Also tends to be found in damper habitats.

Where: Found across the country, although scarcer in the north of Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 20
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: Green-veined Whites spend up to 3 weeks as a caterpillar, before turning into a chrysalis.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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