The Difference Between Bath White and Cabbage White Butterflies

Bath White Butterfly at Ramat Hanadiv, Israel

Our Bath White butterfly is enjoying the abundance of  Ramat Hanadiv, the exquisite arboretum north of Tel Aviv.

Found throughout Israel and one of the ‘white butterflies,’ Pontia daplidice is similar in behavior to the cabbage whites, but slower on the wing and a bit easier to approach.

She was one of many when I photographed her in July 2009.

The whites can be taken for granted . . . but not by us. We understand that the rich mix of butterfly species is the way it must be, and whites are a rich part of that mix.