Great Southern White Ascia monuste (Linnaeus, 1764)Coastal Plain only
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Pieridae   >   Genus Ascia   

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The Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) occurs in Maryland only as a rare vagrant in the coastal plain. There are records from Calvert Co., on the western shore, and from Somerset and Dorcester Counties, on the eastern shore. Records of this large southern species range from July to October. In the United States, this species breeds from Georgia and Florida, along the Gulf Coast into Texas, but is frequently sighted north of this range in the southeast (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Kaufman Guide to Butterflies of North America).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Great Southern White from Fort Desoto, Florida (4/3/2012). Note the diagnostic blue tipped antenna. Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

A Great Southern White in the Florida Keys (8/18/2011). A rare vagrant from the south, perhaps best watched for near the coast. Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)

A Great Southern White in the Florida Keys (8/18/2011). Photo by Rick Cheicante. (MBP list)


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