01 February 2024

Desert White – Dhahran Waste Water Lake

Whilst birding Dhahran recently I came across a couple of Desert White Butterfly Pontia glauconome. I have been seeing this butterfly for the last three months in the same area around the Waste Water Lake. It is relatively common in a multitude of overlapping broods that differ from area to area depending on the rains. The Desert White is variable especially with regard to the amount of ‘green’ pigmentation on the underside that can be very heavy to almost absent. This variability can be large and can even occur between generations. It has been a good year for butterflies around the lake with many different spcies seen in good numbers