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Ascia monuste (Great southern white)

Synonyms: Pieris evonima; Pieris joppe; Pieris suasa; Pieris vallei

Wikipedia Abstract

The Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) is the only species of butterfly of the genus Ascia of the Pieridae family. In this species the sexes may differ with the female being either light or dark colored. It is found from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, south through tropical America to Argentina. Migratory along the south-eastern coast of the United States, with strays to Maryland, Kansas, and Colorado. The wingspan is 63–86 mm.
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Wing Span [1]  2.0 inches (.051 m)

Prey / Diet

Allium cepa (garden onion)[2]
Armoracia rusticana (Horseradish)[2]
Batis maritima (saltwort)[3]
Brassica juncea (mustard greens)[2]
Brassica napus (Rapeseed)[2]
Brassica oleracea (broccoli)[2]
Brassica rapa (Field Mustard)[2]
Cakile constricta (Gulf Coast searocket)[2]
Cakile maritima (Sea Rocket)[2]
Cleome gynandra (spider whisp)[3]
Cleome rutidosperma (consumption weed)[3]
Crateva tapia[2]
Cynophalla amplissima[2]
Cynophalla flexuosa (falseteeth)[2]
Cynophalla hastata (broadleaf caper)[2]
Lepidium virginicum (Wild Pepper-Grass)[2]
Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum)[2]
Morisonia americana (ratapple)[2]
Quadrella cynophallophora[2]
Raphanus raphanistrum (Wild Radish)[2]
Raphanus sativus (Wild Radish)[2]
Sinapis alba (White mustard)[2]
Tarenaya spinosa (spiny spiderflower)[3]
Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)[2]


Helmitheros vermivorum (Worm-eating Warbler)[2]
Hyla squirella (Squirrel Treefrog)[2]


Pollinator of 
Lantana camara (lantana)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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