Balkan Green-veined White
Full scientific name:
Pieris balcana (Lorković, 1968)
Lorkovićev balkanski bijelac
Flight Period and Life Cycle
3 broods per year. Overwinters as pupa.
Distribution in Croatia
More common along the coast. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The butterfly’s upper side of the wings is white with a dark tip at the apex. Females have two dark spots on the forewing, while males have only one, which may sometimes be absent. The hindwing’s underside is yellowish, with grey scales gradually arranged along the veins. In Pieris balcana, these gray scales are more spread out compared to similar Pieris napi. This difference is noticeable in the basal and discal zones and is more apparent in the first brood. It is often difficult to distinguish between these two species based on external morphology alone. Please refer to the pictures below for a visual comparison.
Imago feeds with nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Woodlands and woodland edges. Elevations: 0-1500m.