Eastern Wood White (Leptidea duponcheli)

Male. Taken at Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on July 20th 2015.
(1/250th sec at f9. Approx 4x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 40 - 42mm

Very similar to the Wood White, with which it is con-specific. Its antennae clubs have no white on them, and it has almost all-white upper surfaces. The sexes are similar.

It has a scattered distribution in SE Europe, with some isolated colonies in SE France and NW Italy.

Its habitats are sparse woodland and forest edges, hot and rocky gullies, and upland dry meadows below 1200m.

There are two broods per year, the first in April/May and the second in June/July.

The larvae feed on legumes (Lathyrus, Lotus uliginosus).


21-Jul-2015 : nr Petrovo, Bulgaria
20-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria