Attributes of Pieris virginiensis

West Virginia White
Pieris virginiensis (W.H. Edwards, 1870)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Wings are translucent, whitish, with no yellowish tint underneath. Underside of hindwings with blurry brown or pale gray scaling along veins.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/8 inches (4.5 - 5.3 cm).
Life History: Males patrol slowly to locate females. Eggs are laid singly on undersides of host plant leaves. Chrysalids hibernate on stems or plant litter under the plant.
Flight: In the North, one flight in May; in the South, one flight from April-May.
Caterpillar Hosts: Toothworts (Dentaria diphylla and D. laciniata) in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar from toothworts, spring beauty, violets, and other plants.
Habitat: Moist deciduous woodlands or mixed woods.
Range: Northern Great Lakes states and from New England southwest along the Appalachians to north Georgia and northeast Alabama.
Conservation: A species of native, relatively undisturbed habitats. Declining due to timbering, development, and spread of garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis).
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Control spread of garlic mustard. Ensure timbering intensity allows recovery of sufficient habitats on local scale.
Taxonomy Notes:

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April 12, 2014 ms722 Sumner County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 09, 2014 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 03, 2014 sschott Marion County, Tennessee, United States April 05, 2014 Details
March 30, 2014 Doug Bruce Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States March 31, 2014 Details
April 14, 2013 curtis.lehman Logan County, West Virginia, United States March 19, 2014 Details
April 27, 2013 curtis.lehman Fayette County, West Virginia, United States March 19, 2014 Details
April 30, 2013 curtis.lehman (Margaret Higbee) Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States April 30, 2013 Details
April 26, 2013 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States April 28, 2013 Details
April 13, 2013 sschott Blount County, Tennessee, United States April 25, 2013 Details
April 14, 2013 curtis.lehman Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States April 14, 2013 Details
April 07, 2013 bjones7777 Coffee County, Tennessee, United States April 08, 2013 Details
April 15, 2012 K Stilwell Russell County, Virginia, United States February 04, 2013 Details
March 17, 2012 legacy.reporter (Sara Bright) Calhoun County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 04, 2010 highvirginiaoutdoors Randolph County, West Virginia, United States August 24, 2012 Details
April 02, 2012 Joshua Spence Murray County, Georgia, United States August 16, 2012 Details
April 07, 2012 khemeon Bennington County, Vermont, United States May 16, 2012 Details
April 08, 2012 Melinda Fawver Rhea County, Tennessee, United States April 29, 2012 Details
April 13, 2012 Cheryl Jennings Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States April 16, 2012 Details
April 14, 2012 Cheryl Jennings Mineral County, West Virginia, United States April 16, 2012 Details
April 02, 2012 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States April 15, 2012 Details
March 31, 2012 HHowell Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States April 12, 2012 Details
March 29, 2012 Marty Silver Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States April 11, 2012 Details
April 01, 2012 Melinda Fawver Fentress County, Tennessee, United States April 10, 2012 Details
March 27, 2012 HHowell Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States April 03, 2012 Details
April 26, 2011 Critter Preston County, West Virginia, United States February 04, 2012 Details
April 13, 1999 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 30, 1995 legacy.reporter (Roger Pease) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 26, 1996 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Asselin) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 02, 1996 legacy.reporter (Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 29, 1999 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Dodd) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 15, 1993 legacy.reporter (Edna Dunbar) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 18, 1998 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 28, 1995 legacy.reporter (Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 25, 1998 legacy.reporter (Dolores Price + Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1994 legacy.reporter (Jonathan Center) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 23, 1997 legacy.reporter (Brian Cassie) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 25, 1998 legacy.reporter (Dolores Price + Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 15, 1999 legacy.reporter (Mark Lynch + Sheilla Carrol) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 22, 1999 legacy.reporter (Tom Gagnon) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 06, 1999 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother (MBC)) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 06, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 24, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1996 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 23, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1994 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 08, 1993 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 10, 1994 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 07, 1995 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 09, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 1996 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details