New York Natural Heritage Program
Checkered White
Pontia protodice (Boisduval and Le Conte, [1830])

Habitat [-]
In general, this species can be found in a variety of disturbed habitats lacking heavy shade, such as vacant lots, railroads, airports, and grasslands that also contain their mustard and caper foodplants (NatureServe 2011). In New York, the species has been found in sandy or gravelly disturbed areas with sparse vegetation.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Cropland/field crops*
    An agricultural field planted in field crops such as alfalfa, wheat, timothy, and oats. This community includes hayfields that are rotated to pasture.

    * probable association but not confirmed