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Great Yeldham
Male. 25 April 2011
Small photograph of a Small White
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Great Yeldham
Male. 20 May 2011
Small White
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Great Yeldham
Pair. 3 June 2013
Small photograph of a Small White
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Great Yeldham
Female. 23 July 2012
Small White
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Great Yeldham
Female. 25 July 2009
Small photograph of a Small White
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Great Yeldham
Female. 12 Aug 2010
Small photograph of a Small White
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Great Yeldham
Male. 14 Aug 2010
Small photograph of a Small White
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Great Yeldham
Female. 18 Aug 2010
Small White
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Great Yeldham
Male. 29 Sept 2012

The Small White, Pieris rapae

This species is common in the Great Yeldham area, though less common than Green-veined White.

The Small White has two broods per year. The larval food plants are various members of the cabbage family, such as Garlic Mustard which is common in hedgerows in the parish. They over-winter as pupae, hatching in spring. The adults are on the wing from midspring to early autumn with a slight gap between broods in late June.

They differ from the Green-veined Whites on the topsides of the wings by the lack of small triangles at the outer ends of veins and on the undersides of the hind wings by the lack of green to grey veins.

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External links to the Small White pages at: British Butterflies by Steven Cheshire . UK Butterflies by Peter Eeles
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Adults in flight: MOST SEEN on ANY ONE DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Small White sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 9 8 3 2 8 10 5 1 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 3 2 1
2013 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 21 17 12 8 6 2 4
2014 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Adults in flight: AVERAGE SIGHTINGS PER COUNTING DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Small White sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.         All species
March April May June July August Sept
2011 0 0 0 0.4 0 0.4 0 0 0.5 0 0.1 1.6 3.4 5.2 1.1 1.3 2.3 3.3 2.1 0.6 0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.8 1.0 0.6
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 0 0 0 0.3 11 12 6.0 3.6 3.3 1.8 2.6
2014 0 0 0 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July, mostly very warm. August, warm.
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