Checkered White

Checkered White butterflies are scattered in populations throughout the U.S.

Adult butterflies and caterpillars are most common in disturbed or agricultural areas. Adults also fly in subarbs where weedy mustards grow. Multi-colored checkered white caterpillars can be found feeding both on flowers, fruits, or leaves of common mustards such as white top (Cardaria draba), tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum), dyar's woad (Isatis tinctoria), prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata) and others.

The easiest way to raise this butterfly is to collect live females and then set them up to get eggs. Watch this video to see how this can be accomplished with a small cage. If you do find eggs and caterpillars on mustards, it is relatively easy to raise caterpillars either on potted plants, open terrariums, closed containers, or other methods.

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