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  Checkered White      Pontia protodice     Sulphurs and Whites:
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A butterfly of dry, weedy sites, the Checkered White is a wide-ranging species but often only locally abundant. Adults have a fast, erratic flight and can be difficult to approach. The sexes differ dramatically and can be easily told apart even from a distance. Adults produced in early spring or late fall, under cooler conditions and shorter photoperiods, are typically smaller, darker and more heavily patterned.
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  Cabbage White      Pieris rapae     Sulphurs and Whites:
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Accidentally introduced into the U.S. from Europe in 1860, the Cabbage White (or European Cabbage Butterfly) is one of the few butterfly species that is considered to be a serious agricultural and garden pest. Although extremely widespread and common, it is rarely encountered in southern portions of Florida and is often only locally abundant further north. Adults have a slow, somewhat awkward flight and are easy to observe. Although appearing pure white from a distance, upon closer inspection the wings beneath are delicately shaded with yellow.
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  Great Southern White      Ascia monuste     Sulphurs and Whites:
Whites
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The Great Southern White's antennae have a distinctive blue tip. While males are always white, females may be white, gray or an intermediate color. Adults have a low, generally casual flight. The butterfly occasionally experiences tremendous population outbreaks. Extensive northward movements of adults along the coast often follow such explosions in number.
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  Florida White      Appias drusilla     Sulphurs and Whites:
Whites
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The Florida White is restricted to the confines of south Florida's tropical hardwood hammocks. Males have a fast, erratic flight and actively patrol sunlit openings and forest canopies for females. This butterfly regularly undergoes dramatic fluctuations in population numbers, being extremely abundant in certain years or highly localized and rare in others. During times of increased population abundance, the adults may wander extensively throughout the Florida peninsula. Adults can be seen during all months of the year in Florida.
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