Pontia beckerii

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Becker's white
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Pontia
Species: P. beckerii
Binomial name
Pontia beckerii
(W.H. Edwards, 1871)
  • Pieris beckerii
  • Pontieuchloia beckeri

Pontia beckerii, the Becker's white, Great Basin white, or sagebrush white, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in western North America from Baja California, Mexico to southern British Columbia, Canada.[1][2]

It is mostly white with small black markings; females have more dark markings. The species is similar to other checkered whites such as, Pontia sisymbrii, Pontia protodice, and Pontia occidentalis.[1][2]

The wingspan is 33 to 48 millimeters.[1]

The host plants are Isomeris arborea, Stanleya pinnata, Brassica nigra, Descurainia pinnata, Sisymbrium altissimum, Lepidium perfoliatum, Brassica nigra, Schoenocrambe linifolia, Thelypodium sagittatum, and Thelypodium laciniatum.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Becker's White, Butterflies of Canada
  2. ^ a b Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman (2003). Butterflies of North America. Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY. ISBN 0-618-15312-8
  3. ^ Pontia, funet.fi

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