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Olympia Marble (Euchloe olympia)

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Euchloe olympia
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Euchloe
E. olympia
Binomial name
Euchloe olympia
(W.H. Edwards, 1871)

Euchloe olympia, the Olympia marble, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. Its range is southern Canada and the Midwest, down into the southwestern United States.[1] E. olympia is related to E. guaymasensis, but has a distinctive phenotype and genotype.[2]

Nectar source[edit]

Euchloe olympia has been observed to use Lepidium virginicum as its main nectar source as a larval and as an adult the main nectar source was found to be Nuttallanthus canadensis. Based on a study done in a central Illinois sand prairie, Echloe olympia was observed to show consistency on the flowers it visits to obtain its nectar from.[3]

Conservation status[edit]

The Olympia marble has been classified globally as G5/G4, meaning that globally it is a relatively stable species. The United States has not placed it under any watch as a country. However, it is in danger due to gypsy moth chemical control.


  1. ^ "BMNA Species Detail Olympia Marble". Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ Back, W., Miller, M. A., & Opler, P. A. (2011). Genetic, phenetic, and distributional relationships of nearctic Euchloe (Pieridae, Pierinae, Anthocharidini). The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 65(1), 1-14.
  3. ^ Toliver, Michael E. (2020-06-04). "Observations on Euchloe olympia (W. H. Edwards) (Pieridae) in a Central Illinois Sand Prairie". The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 74 (2): 106. doi:10.18473/lepi.74i2.a5. ISSN 0024-0966.