Common White Butterfly, Pontia protodice
Plants used by the Larva of the Common White
The Larva of the Common White Butterfly feeds
mainly on plants in the Mustard family. Some or their favorites are in
the Brassica genus. Also popular are Sisymbrium officinale and Lepedium
fremontii. Both of these species are found in the
Alysum, Lepedium fremontii, is a small perennial shrub
covered in sweet smelling white flowers in spring.
Plants used as nectar sources by the Adult Common White
The Adult common white butterfly gets nectar
from many flowers, however they seem to really like daises. Both
pictures we have of these butterflies are found on the genus Erigeron.
The pictures of the males are taken on Erigeron
“Wayne Roderick”, Sea Side daisy. This a perennial
daisy with multitudes of purple flowers. It is only about six inches
tall. It also tolerates salt spray and sandy soil as well as being
fairly drought tolerant.
The female Common White Butterfly was photographed on Erigeron
glaucus Cape Sebastian, this is one of the parents of the
“Wayne Rodrick “daisy hybrid. Cape Sebastian daisy is much
more beefy than the Wayne Rodrick daisy. It is also lavender in color.