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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
April 10, 2014 LLJohnson Indian River County, Florida, United States October 16, 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
October 26, 2013 BOGwalker Flagler County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
May 06, 2009 markhows Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 Glynjer Colon Province, Panama November 12, 2013 Details
February 22, 2012 Nancee Cobb St. Kitts October 28, 2013 Details
November 24, 2012 jeffmci9 Texas, Nueces County, United States September 22, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 12, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 H. Hooper Taylor County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
August 08, 2013 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 jopalenchar Monroe County, Florida, United States August 20, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 11, 2013 Details
February 02, 2013 rpetralia Brevard County, Florida, United States August 03, 2013 Details
February 11, 2012 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States August 03, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 12, 2013 Details
June 18, 2013 jomarlin Martin County, Florida, United States July 07, 2013 Details
May 31, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States June 24, 2013 Details
June 04, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States June 24, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States June 24, 2013 Details
June 23, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States June 24, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 05, 2012 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
March 13, 2013 K Stilwell Haiti May 20, 2013 Details
January 20, 2013 Naseem Reza Volusia County, Florida, United States April 17, 2013 Details
February 07, 2013 dendroica5 The Bahamas April 16, 2013 Details
November 05, 2012 M Mimura Aransas County, Texas, United States March 17, 2013 Details
March 04, 2013 cyric Pinellas County, Florida, United States March 11, 2013 Details
November 25, 2012 bethwalker Glynn County, Georgia, United States January 30, 2013 Details
December 02, 2012 Bill Wright Cameron County, Texas, United States January 06, 2013 Details
November 19, 2012 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
November 30, 2012 swittwa Sarasota County, Florida, United States January 02, 2013 Details
December 09, 2012 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States December 16, 2012 Details
November 23, 2012 wntrhawk Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
November 22, 2012 toddewen Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
October 05, 2006 legacy.reporter (Robert Behrstock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 08, 2006 legacy.reporter (K. Radamaker, D. Powell) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 19, 2006 John Saba (John Saba) Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 09, 2006 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 29, 2006 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details