Attributes of Ascia monuste

Great Southern White
Ascia monuste (Linnaeus, 1764)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Upper surface of male forewing white with black zigzag pattern on outer margin. Dry season female form resembles male with heavier black zigzag pattern and a small black spot in the wing cell. Wet-season female is darkened with black scales above and below.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/8 inches (6.3 - 8.6 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females. Eggs are laid on the upper surface of host plant leaves in groups of about 20.
Flight: All year in South Texas, peninsular Florida, and along the Gulf Coast.
Caterpillar Hosts: Mustard family (Brassicaceae) plants including beach cabbage (Cakile maritima), cultivated cabbage and radish, peppergrass (Lepidium species); and plants in the caper family (Capparidaceae) including nasturtium.
Adult Food: Nectar from many species of flowers including saltwort, lantana, and verbena.
Habitat: Salt marshes, coastal dunes, open fields, and gardens.
Range: Resident of south Atlantic and Gulf coasts south through tropical America. Migratory along the Southeastern coast. Strays to Maryland, Kansas, and Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None noted.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 27, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States July 15, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 sunfire50 Volusia County, Florida, United States June 10, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 John LeBlanc Pasco County, Florida, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 07, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Delray Beach Children's Garden Palm Beach County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County April 27, 2016 Details
November 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 06, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 ncrosbyrd Monroe County, Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
February 18, 2016 RussellKinerson Florida, United States February 25, 2016 Details
February 17, 2016 dotpriori@gmail.com Brevard County, Florida, United States February 25, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 29, 2016 Details
December 30, 2015 msandell St Johns County, Florida, United States January 05, 2016 Details
June 24, 2015 totonka Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 22, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 20, 2015 gpstewart Cameron County, Texas, United States October 21, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 26, 2010 Robert Epstein Puerto Rico September 09, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States August 14, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
June 03, 2012 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
February 13, 2012 ncrosbyrd Brevard County, Florida, United States June 05, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States June 04, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 peterogers15 Brevard County, Florida, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 10, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 23, 2015 4wildlife St Johns County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 30, 2015 Details
March 14, 2015 snakeowl Monroe County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 30, 2015 digginflowers Okeechobee County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 11, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
January 03, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic February 04, 2015 Details
January 03, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic February 04, 2015 Details
February 21, 2013 tjrickert Texas, Nueces County, United States January 26, 2015 Details
February 19, 2013 tjrickert Cameron County, Texas, United States January 24, 2015 Details
January 13, 2015 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States January 21, 2015 Details
April 10, 2014 LLJohnson Indian River County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic August 01, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States July 14, 2014 Details
May 18, 2014 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States May 27, 2014 Details
December 30, 2013 DJHiker Pinar del Rio, Cuba March 23, 2014 Details
June 02, 2012 JoZamudio Texas, Matagorda County, United States March 01, 2014 Details
January 11, 2014 awhite369 Sarasota County, Florida, United States January 17, 2014 Details
March 13, 2013 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States December 04, 2013 Details