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Small Cabbage White Butterfly
Pieris rapae
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest

Pieridae Family
Pieris Genus

Location / Where this Creature is found:

It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.


In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance. An adult's wingspan is roughly 3247 mm (1.252 in).

General information about Small Cabbage White Butterfly :

Diet: Its caterpillars can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, kale, radish, broccoli, and horseradish but it will readily lay eggs on wild members of the cabbage family such as Charlock Sinapis arvensis and Hedge mustard Sisybrium officinale. The eggs are laid singularly on foodplant leaves.

Small Cabbage White Butterfly
Small Cabbage White Butterfly on Mexican Heather

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