Leptidea sinapis, Grevena - photo © Sofia Apergi
Leptidea sinapis is a butterfly of the family Pieridae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Leptidea sinapis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Pieridae > Subfamily: Dismorphiinae > Genus: Leptidea
Male to female: 35-40 mm
This small white butterfly has a general white color in the wings with grey or yellow markings. The underside of the hindwings has a characteristic pattern of grey markings with yellowish and whitish areas in the discal and postdiscal areas.
The male can be distinguished from the female by the black spot at the tip of the forewings that are greatly reduced in the female and by the prominent white patch on the underside of the antennae clubs.
The butterfly flies weakly but rarely settles to rest. It rarely opens the wings when resting and flies even on very heavily clouded days.
Leptidea sinapis in Crete live in extensive grasslands, woodland clearings, and fringes or sparse pine forests.
The larva lives on Fabaceae plants.
The butterfly flies in 2-3 generations per year.
The Wood White has limited distribution in Crete. Because of the distinctive wing shape, it can’t be confused with any other Pieridae butterflies of the island. The round shape of their wings, as well as the big spot at the apex, help their identification.
Least Concern (LC)
Leptidea Sinapis Distribution Map
Leptidea sinapis location map based on greek butterflies distributions map by L.N. Pamperis (revised 2021)