Great Southern White female

  • Family name: Pieridae/Whites and Sulphurs
  • General description: Male white with black forewing apex. Female dirty white to gray with black forewing apex and black forewing cell spot. Ventral hindwing white-yellow in males to gray in females.
  • Field Marks: General: Turquoise antennal clubs Male: white with black forewing apex Female: white to gray with black forewing apex an black cell spot

Great Southern White male

  • Sexes: appear different
  • Wingspan: 45-58 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: yellow, spindle-shaped, laid singly or in small clusters on host leaves Mature larva: yellow with gray longitudinal stripes and covered in small black spots Chrysalis: white with black arkings
  • Number of Generations: multiple
  • Flight Season: All year
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: salt marshes, beaches, roadsides, disturbed sites
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: Virginia pepper grass (Lepidium virginicum), saltwort (Batis maritima), limber caper (Capparis flexuosa), sea rocket (Cakile lanceolata)
  • Similar Species: Checkered White
  • Additional Information: Primarily encountered in coastal habitats.

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