Pontia glauconome

Pontia glauconome Klug 1829

Common Names

Desert White (English), فراشة الصحراء البيضاء (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 45-50 mm. Similar to Pontia daplidice but with yellow underlining of the underside of the hindwing veins.

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Resident

Abundance

Frequent

IUCN

Least Concern

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Narrow (Mauritania to Pakistan and Afghanistan)

Distribution in Egypt

Widespread. AOO = 233 km2. EOO = 547,000 km2. 14 locations

Records

81 records. Latest in 2006 (oases)

Habitat

A highly localised desert species; pupae have a facultative diapause of at least four years.

Life Cycle

3-4 generations per year

The Flight Period

April-November

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: Zilla spinosa (Cruciferae); Ochradenus baccatus and Reseda (Resedaceae), Diplotaxis (Cruciferae) and Cleome arabica (Capparaceae).

References

F., Gilbert., & S. Zalat. (2007).  Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing & conservation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Cairo, Egypt..