Green-veined White
Animals, Butterflies, Moths

Scientific name: Pieris napi

Widespread and common throughout Britain and Ireland.

Wings white with prominent greenish veins on hind wing. Upper wings have one or more spots. Small White is similar but lacks the green veins.

Size and Family

  • Family: Whites and yellows
  • Size: Medium
  • Wing Span Range (male to female): 50mm

Conservation Status

  • Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
  • European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

A range of wild crucifers is used: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Cuckooflower (Cardamine pratensis), Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale) Water- cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum), Charlock (Sinapis arvensis), Large Bitter-cress (C. amara), Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea), and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum). Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) and cultivated crucifers are used occassionally.

England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Specific name:
Pieris napi
Wing Span Range (male to female): 50mm
Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland. Distribution trend since the 1970s = -1%


A common butterfly that prefers damp, lush vegetation where the foodplant is found. It usually occurs in hedgerows, ditches, banks of rivers, lakes and ponds, damp meadows, moorland and woodland rides and edges.  The butterfly can be found in gardens but favours damp areas.


  • Countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
  • Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland
  • Distribution trend since the 1970s = -1%