Madeiran large white butterfly

madeiran large white butterfly Pieris brassicae wollastoni European endemic species laurel forest last seen 1970s island of Madeira

madeiran large white butterfly Pieris brassicae wollastoni European endemic species laurel forest last seen 1970s island of Madeira

 

Madeiran large white – is a subspecies endemic to Madeira, reaching a size from 55-65 mm. Considering that it was last collected in 1977 but not found despite a 15-year survey during the 1980s and 1990s it might be either extremely rare or possibly extinct. The most probable reason for its decline might be a virus infection which brought out after the small white (Pieris rapae) was introduced to Madeira in the 1950s.

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