Beginner Rearing Instructions: Checkered White
Photo Life History: Pontia protodice
Suitable Lab Host Plants: Brassica oleracea. Almost any mustard will serve in the lab. Avoid Descurainia sophia.
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Feed females regularly.
How to Find Eggs: Look on the ventral surface of leaves of mustards towards the bottom of the plant. Females will sometimes prefer short plants. Larvae prefer inflorescens if available. Always remember to check isolated host plants when looking for eggs or immatures of this butterfly.
How to Hatch Eggs: Separate eggs individually.
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Look for Caterpillar Strip Patterns.
Larva to Pupa: Larva Changes Color
How to Find Pupae in the Field:
Number of Broods per Year: 2-3 broods; depending upon location.
Overwintering Stage: Pupa.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Provide larvae with healthy host plant.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every five to six using the open bucket method.
Emergence: Emergence Container