Pontia edusa Fabricius, 1777
Common names: Eastern bath white [En], Marbré vert oriental, Marbré de Fabricius [Fr], Oostelijk resedawitje [Nl], Resedafalter [De], Πρασινωπή πιερίδα [Gr], Yeni Benekli Melek [Tu]
Güzelçamlı, AYDIN ● Turkey
Description: Wingspan: 42-48mm.
Male’s forewing has a conspicuous black discoidal bar; apex appears black and white checkered. Female is similar but with more extensive dark markings on both wings. In both sexes, hindwing below is mottled with olive-green and white, with a rounded white spot in the center of cell. Below, black forewing discoidal marking reaches costal margin.
It is nearly identical to Pontia daplidice.
The caterpillars are greysh-greenish, with black dots and broad yellow stripes.
Biology: It flights from March to October in two to four generations depending on the latitude. Host plants are Reseda lutea, R. alba, R. luteola, Descurainia sophia, Teesdalia nudicaulis, Lepidium sp.
Habitat: Hot, stony places, disturbed areas, cultivated fields, roadsides. Up to 2300 m.
Distribution: Europe except West and South-West, Turkey, Northern Iraq, Northern Iran, Central and Eastern Asia.
Wikipedia, Pontia edusa
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.