Krueper's Small White

Pieris krueperi Staudinger, 1860


Corfu Status: Present EU Red Data Status 2010: Least Concern


A medium white butterfly, with black tips to the forewing upperside, and with yellowish hindwing underside, and large green basal patch. The male and female are similar with one large black spot on the forewing upperside. Both have two black spots  The butterfly could be confused with other members of the genius, however the underside hindwing markings, and the triangular black marks along the forewing upperside margin are distinctive. 

Habitat Requirements

Mostly seen in and around the rocky limestone pavements and small meadows of the mountainous areas in the north east of the island.

Larval Foodplants

Golden Alyssum Aurinia saxatilis.


Members of CBC have limited experience with this species and to date it has only been encountered in mid-summer. Our first record was made by Giannis Gasteratos on the 1st August 2015. However, it was not until five years later, on the 4th August 2020, that Giannis, Anne Sordinas and Dan Danahar managed to find this species again. Then the next sighting came nine days later when the three returned with a group of ten CBC members, including: Jason Fisher, Tony Gould & Rob Kesseler, on the 13th August 2020. Whilst the butterflies were most commonly observed flying over rocky terrain and small mountain pastures, we did not find the host plant and subsequently could not observe the butterfly in association with it.  

Flight Times

Key to Seasons
Spring (Mar, Apr, May) Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

First and Last Sightings

The information provided here is based on verified sightings submitted via this website since January 1st 2021. Data prior to 2021 is from external sources.

Year First Last/latest
2021 29/05/2021 13/07/2021

Years marked * based on external data.

Number of Observations

Number of sighting in 2021 Total number of sightings
27 27


  • Vernacular/Common Name: Krueper's Small White
  • Family: Pieridae (Swainson, 1820)
  • Sub-family: Pierinae (Swainson, 1820)
  • Tribe: Pierini (Duponchel, [1835])
  • Genus: Pieris (Schrank, 1801)
  • Species: krueperi Staudinger, 1860


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