Peak white - Pontia callidice

Female underside.  

Family: Pieridae

Flight Time: June - August

Size: 42 - 52mm

Altitude: 1500-3400m

A true Alpine species. In the Pyrenees they were flying around the summit of Mount Canigou, at 2900m. In Valais they were flying at high altitude and in some barren places. The scantier marked male (below left) was flying over the end of a glacier, no vegetation in sight! There is some similarity between this species and the Bath white, Pontia daplidice, but the habitat of the former is usually enough to identify it.
Male upperside. Female upperside.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Erysimum helveticum and others Grassy and rocky slopes, High alpine meadow.

Peak white distribution.


Early Stages




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