The white butterflies can be difficult to tell apart particularly as they are usually flying about and don’t often sit still for long.
In Scotland there are 4 common types of white butterfly. The orange tip male butterfly is easy to
identify as it has orange wing tips, the female and the other types of whites are not so
easy. You can’t really go by size as the
small and large white butterflies can vary in size, both small and large.
|Green Veined: The
green veined butterfly has greeny grey lines or veins branching out on it’s underwings,
from the shoulder outwards.
The orange tip male has orange wing tips the female does not. They both have green camouflaged type markings
on their underwings.
If the underwings are a creamy, yellowish or white colour
but with no markings then it will be a small or large white.
Wingtips with black markings and the black mark continuing far along the
outer edge of the wing.
Small White: Markings lighter black or grey not so strong and don’t extend so far along the edge of the wing.