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British Butterflies: Species: Species Account - The Bath White:
Bath White
Pontia daplidice (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bath White egg.
  Bath White caterpillar.
  Bath White chrysalis
Bath White
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Insecta: Lepidoptera : Family Pieridae: Subfamily Pierinae : Genus Pontia: Species daplidice:
Extinct in England c1900.
Where to see the Bath White in the British Isles
Other notes
21-07-06 - Bath White seen in Morewell near Tavistock (Grid ref: SX450709) by Peter Hoskins.
Lifecycle chart
Flight chart
The lifecycle and flight charts should be regarded as approximate guides to the Bath White in Britain. Specific lifecycle states, adult emergence and peak flight times vary from year to year due to variations in weather conditions.
IUCN category status 2010 5   IUCN category status 2007 34
--awaiting data-- --awaiting data--

5Fox, R., Warren, M., Brereton, T. M., Roy, D. B. & Robinson, A.
(2010) A new Red List of British Butterflies. Insect Conservation and Diversity.
Not Applicable Not Applicable

3Fox, R., Warren, M & Brereton, T.
(2007) New Red List of British Butterflies. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham.

4More information about IUCN categories.
UK status
Rare Migrant
Larval foodplants
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Population trends 1
UK Population trend 1995-2004 not applicable
UK Population trend 1976-2004 not applicable

1Fox, R., Asher. J., Brereton. T., Roy, D & Warren, M. (2006) The State of Butterflies in Britain & Ireland, Pices, Oxford.
UK BAP status 2
UK BAP status not applicable (link)

2For information about the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, visit the JNCC web site

National Biodiversity Network Gateway
National Biodiversity Network Gateway Distribution Map

Areas in and indicate a contraction in distribution of the Bath White except in Ireland where data is only available up until 1999.

* Records shown in outside the natural distribution may be the result of illegal or accidental releases by breeders or, depending upon the species, migrant individuals from mainland Europe.

Key to map*
= 2000 to 2010 inclusive (current distribution)
= records from 1950 to 1999 inclusive
= records from 1900 to 1949 inclusive
Records prior to 1st January 1900 are not shown.

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For full details of books and reports mentioned on this web site, view the references page.

Find out more online*
Bath White can be found on Peter Eeles excellent UK Butterflies web site.
Bath White can be found on Matt Rowlings excellent European Butterflies web site.

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Photographs of the Bath White
Image ID BB1639 - Bath White - © Debbie Cheshire
Bath White male (imago)
BB1639 ©
Image ID BB1638 - Bath White - © Debbie Cheshire
Bath White male (imago)
BB1638 ©
Image ID BB1303 - Bath White - © Steven Cheshire
Bath White (imago)
BB1303 ©
Image ID BB1302 - Bath White - © Steven Cheshire
Bath White (imago)
BB1302 ©
There are 4 photographs of the Bath White in our stock photo library.