Attributes of Pontia protodice

Checkered White
Pontia protodice (Boisduval & Leconte, [1830])

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Upperside of male forewing has black checkered pattern on outer half. Female is more heavily patterned, but markings are more brown and diffuse. Hindwing of both male and female white. Underside of male hindwing with pale checkered pattern. Underside of female with yellow-tan markings on hindwing and tip of forewing. Short-day form has underside hindwing veins with heavy gray-green outlines.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches (3.8 - 6.3 cm).
Life History: Males patrol flats seeking receptive females, who lay eggs singly on leaves and flowers of host plants. Buds, flowers, and fruits are favorite foods of caterpillars, but they will also eat leaves. A short-day form appears in spring and fall. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Three flights, with a partial 4th in the South, from March-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) including cabbage (Brassica oleraceae); and caper family (Capparidaceae) including Rocky Mountain bee-plant (Cleome serrulata).
Adult Food: Flower nectar including hedge mustards, composites, and alfalfa.
Habitat: Wide variety of sites including dry weedy areas, vacant lots, fields, pastures, sandy areas, railroad beds, and roads.
Range: Permanent resident in southern United States and northern Mexico; temporary in northern United States and southern Canada. Does not occur in most of New England.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None noted.
Taxonomy Notes:

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April 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 16, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 30, 2016 MAKI Los Angeles County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
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June 02, 2011 alexys Valencia County, New Mexico, United States January 20, 2016 Details
July 09, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States January 18, 2016 Details
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August 28, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2015 Details
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September 09, 2015 Cathy Weiner New York County, New York, United States October 18, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 gpstewart Texas, Travis County, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
August 03, 2013 abryson Galveston County, Texas, United States October 02, 2015 Details
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April 23, 2015 grayhairstreak Brewster County, Texas, United States August 23, 2015 Details
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August 12, 2015 Pierre Howard Georgia, Taylor County, United States August 17, 2015 Details
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