Southern Small White
Full scientific name:
Pieris mannii (Mayer, 1851)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
3-4 broods per year. Overwinters as pupa.
Distribution in Croatia
The entire territory but more common on the south. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The upper side of Pieris mannii wings is predominantly white, with a dark tip located at the apex. This dark tip is symmetrical in shape. Females have two dark spots on the upper side of the forewing, while males have either one or two. In females from the first brood, there is a noticeable extension along the veins from the edge of the dark tip towards the postdiscal spot. The postdiscal spot is not circular and is instead cut on the side towards the wing’s margin. On the underside of both sexes’ forewings, there are two dark spots. The hindwing’s underside is yellowish in color, with the grey scales being more prominent in the basal zone.
Imago feeds with nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Woodland and grassland with bushes and slopes. Elevations: 0-1500m.