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Pontia glauconome, (Klug, 1829)
Common Name: The Desert Bath White / The Desert White
Turkish Name: Siirt Benekli Melek Kelebeği
Distribution in Turkey: South-east Anatolia-Siirt
Distribution in the world: The Pontia glauconome is a widespread species, ranging from North Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Arabia, Egypt) through Arabia and the Middle East to Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Living Area: Inhabiting arid regions, the Pontia glauconome occurs in deserts and on mountain slopes and foothills with sparse vegetation, up to around 1,500 metres above sea level.
Flight time: March and October, during which time it produces three generations, each of which differ greatly in appearance.
Food Plants of the caterpillar: The caterpillar is known to feed on the leaves of shrubs, including Zilla spinosa and Ochradenus baccatus.
Description-Notes: Typical area,"Arabien, Berg Sinai" [Mt. Sinai, Egypt]. Is a member of the Pieridae family, also known as the true butterflies, which comprises around 1,100 species worldwide. Most members of this family are white or yellow and are characterised by medium size, fully functional forelegs, and the forked claws on the tips of the legs. They also have pigments in the wings that either reflect or absorb ultraviolet light, such that the wings produce a variety of attractive patterns.
Wingspan: 35-50 mm long.
Origin of name: In Greek mythology, Glauconome is one of the Nereides, the daughters of Nereus and his wife Doris.
Endangerment factors : It is not known if there are any major threats to the desert white.
• Small Bath White – Pontia chloridice (Hübner, 1813)
• Peak White – Pontia callidice (Hübner, 1800)
• Eastern Bath White – Pontia edusa (Fabricius, 1777)
• Bath White – Pontia daplidice (Linnaeus, 1758)
• Brown-veined White – Belenois aurota(FABRICIUS, 1793)
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