Common Meadow White

Pontia helice

The Common Meadow White is a common and widespread butterfly of grassy areas throughout South Africa, and is especially conspicuous on expansive lawns, meadows and sports fields where they are fond of resting on tiny weed flowers. Apart from South Africa they occur as far north as Kenya on the African continent. Common Meadow Whites may appear to be slow flyers but are capable of remarkable speed and are exceedingly difficult to catch. Adults have a wingspan of between 3.5 and 4.5cm and are on the wing throughout the year. Larvae subsist on a wide variety of food plants.

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