This butterfly feeds mainly on wild plants and has a preference for woodland lanes and damp meadows. It is also found in gardens.
The winter is passed as a pupa. There are two generations in hot summers, otherwise the second is only partial or non-
The heavy veining of the underside distinguishes this species from the plainer Small White. Males have some spotting on the upperside but the females have heavier markings. The race found in Britain is Pieris napi ssp. britannica. There is considerable variation in the colouring and marking of Pieris napi and bred forms in the past have produced striking results, including bright, canary-