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58.001 [B&F: 1541] Wood White (Leptidea sinapis) (Linnaeus, 1758)


An endangered Red Data Book species, in woodland clearings, woodland edges, undercliffs and scrub; 0-300 m (0-1900 m in Europe) in southern England, where declining, and parts of Ireland, where still widespread; mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Not recorded in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight in recent years. Wingspan 36-48 mm. Indistinguishable in the field from Real's Wood White, from which separable only by dissection of the genitalia. Larva feeds on Meadow Vetchling, Bitter Vetchling, Tufted Vetch, Bird's-foot Trefoil and Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil.

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Detail records

VC11 South Hampshire
Embley Park Woods (SU32)1700-Bernhard, T-
New Copse Inclosure, New Forest (SU30)1900-UnknownAdult
Woodfidley (SU30)1900-UnknownAdult
Stubby Copse Inclosure (SU30)1900-UnknownAdult
Clay Hill, Burley, New Forest (SU20)12-Jun-1987oneMcWilliam, SAdult
Bentley Wood, Cowleys Copse (SU22)1997twoFuller, MAdult
Bentley Wood, Cowleys Copse (SU22)27-May-1998oneRouquette, JAdult

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