Leptidea sinapis
         
Wood White  
La Piéride de la moutarde  
           
The Leptidea sinapis-like butterflies belong to a complex of 3 species which look very similar : Leptidea sinapis, Leptidea reali, Leptidea juvernica. It is impossible to tell them apart unless the genitalia are checked, and sometimes even DNA studies are required. Their distribution is not well known and the living areas overlap in some territories. Thus, the specimen on this page may not all belong to the species Leptidea sinapis.
 
 
   
1] male of Leptidea sinapis - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 20/04/2011

 
  2] close-up of the specimen on the left, showing the white area underneath the antenna club. This detail, found in males only,  is essential for separating L.sinapis from the similar species L.duponcheli  
       
       
   
3] other male - Haute Loire (France) - 25/04/2011   4] close-up of the head of the specimen shown in 3]  
       
       
   
5] male - Haute Saône (France) - 19/04/2009   6] same specimen as 5]  
       
       
   
7] male puddling - Var (France) - 29/04/2012   8] other male puddling - Var (France) - 29/04/2012  
       
       
   
9] male - Var (France) - 04/05/2013   10] male - Var (France) - 14/04/2012  
       
       
   
11] males puddling alt.345m - Haute Garonne (France) - 25/06/2021   12] same scene as 11]
 
 
       
       
   
13] same scene as 11]
 
  14] a female (on the left) and a male attempting to seduce her - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 08/07/2018  
       
       
   
15] male briefly opening its wings while courting (summer brood) - Dordogne (France) - 15/07/2008   16] other male opening its wings while courting (spring brood) - Var (France) - 08/04/2011  
       
       
   
17] same scene as 16]
 
  18] same scene as 16], with the female opening its wings briefly  
       
       
   
19] a female (on the left) and a male courting alt.1000m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 11/06/2017   20] same scene as 19]
 
 
       
       
   
21] a male (on the left) and a female - Var (France) - 10/05/2013   22] female of Leptidea sinapis - Var (France) - 28/04/2015
 
 
       
       
   
23] female alt.1700m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 07/06/2016   24] female without grey scales on the underside (summer brood) - Alpes maritimes (France) - 16/08/2013  
       
       
   
25] female - Doubs (France) - 01/05/2008   26] female - Var (France) - 19/04/2011  
       
       
   
27] a male (above) attempting to seduce a female - Haute Saône (France) - 21/05/2010   28] same scene as 27], with the female opening its wings
 
 
       
       
   
29] female laying on an unidentified foodplant (Fabaceae family) - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 20/04/2011   30] same specimen as 29]
 
 
       
       
   
31] female laying on Lotus sp. with a male unsuccessfully attempting to seduce her at the same time - Haute Saône (France) - 24/04/2010   32] closer view of an egg laid by the female from picture 31]

 
 
       
       
   
33] female laying on Dorycnium pentaphyllum - Var (France) - 10/05/2013   34] close-up of the egg laid by the female from picture 33]
 
 
       
       
   
35] female laying on Lathyrus pratense alt.320m - Haute Garonne (France) - 12/06/2021   36] close-up of the egg laid by the female from picture 35], the day after - Haute Garonne (France) - 13/06/2021  
       
       
   
37] young caterpillar on Lathyrus pratense alt.320m - Haute Garonne (France) - 24/06/2021   38] other young caterpillar on Lathyrus pratense alt.320m - Haute Garonne (France) - 24/06/2021  
       
       
   
39] chrysalis which originated from the caterpillar shown in 37] - Haute Garonne (France) - 15/07/2021   40] same chrysalis as 39]
 
 
       
       
       
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