The West Virginia White butterfly is a small, white butterfly found in wooded habitats of the northeastern United States. The West Virginia White is a dusky white butterfly.    There is gray scaling along the wing edges and wing base on the upperside. Females typically have slightly more gray than males. The underside of the hindwings is faintly suffused with gray along the veins. Although there is much variation in the amount of gray, females may appear darker than males.


West Virginia White” by Cathie Bird, licensed by (CC BY-SA 3.0)


West Virginia White Facts

Butterfly Family: Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pierinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 2 1/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Moist deciduous woodlands or mixed woods


West Virginia White Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Toothworts
    • Broadleaf
    • Cutleaf

Nectar Plants:

  • Toothworts
  • Spring Wildflowers
  • Violets
  • Purple Phacelia
  • Stonecrop