Wood White (Leptidea sinapsis)


The Wood White is a delicate-looking butterfly with a slender body, rather rounded wings and a slow, fluttering flight. When settled, the wings are always closed showing the pale grey patterning of the undersides. On the wing in May, June and sometimes in August, this is a butterfly of sheltered woodland rides and glades possibly still surviving in the Blackdowns though the most recent surveys have failed to find it.

Because of its rarity in the County, we are not giving a distribution map 


Images L-R: male shows more grey on the wingtip; female has fainter grey

Flight period: May to June and occasionally a few in July to August