While visiting a local wildflower garden, I spotted a white butterfly.

It contrasted nicely against the dark red flower.

Although you might have thought I was referring to the color, the common name of these butterflies is “white.” The family name is Pieridae and the subfamily is Pierinae.

It can be difficult to identify whites to species because the color varies, sometimes between seasons. The one above is likely a checkered white.

This is a cabbage white from last fall.


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