Great Southern White – Ascia monuste on Sweet Basil

We have a pot of Sweet Basil near our back door which attracts butterflies. The Great Southern White – Ascia monuste is a common white butterfly around here and just seems to love the stuff. I was out shooting the bees in our magnolia tree when a couple started feeding on the basil.
The male is paler than the female.  She has the darker hindwing.  The upper wings on both are pretty much pure white with some black edging.  Both have the pretty blue antenna clubs which are a mark of the species.  Just click on the picture to see a larger view.  Both shots Nikon D90, 105mm f2.8 VR and SB-800 speedlight.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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