While carrying out habitat surveys in north Co. Cork an Inis Ecologist spotted this Green-veined white butterfly. This butterfly is distinguished from the other white butterfly species found in Ireland by its pronounced green or black vein marks on the underside of its wings.

Found throughout Ireland in a variety of habitats, the Green-veined white’s caterpillars feed on plants in the cabbage family such as garlic mustard and wild cabbage. Butterflies play an important role in the ecosystem serving as valuable plant pollinators and providing food for bats, birds and other animals.
green veined white butterfly