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  Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)





Cabbage White Butterfly | Pieris rapae photo
Cabbage White Butterfly

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Cabbage White Butterfly | Pieris rapae photo
Cabbage White Butterfly - male

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Cabbage White butterfly is white with black tips to the upper surface of the forewings. Males have one spot on the upper surface of the forewings, and females have two spots. Both sexes have two black spots under the forewings. The hindwings have a single dark spot near the leading edge. The underside of the hindwings is pale yellow. The caterpillar is green and when mature has a pale yellow line on the back, and a line of yellow spots on each side.

Size
wingspan 4cm. Caterpillar grows to 3cm

Food
The caterpillar is a horticultural pest feeding on cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, radish, mustard, cress, nasturtiums, tobacco and many other plants.

Breeding
The eggs are pale yellow and bottle-shaped (about 1.5mm) laid singly on the underside of a leaf.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pieridae
Genus:Pieris
Species:rapae
Common Name:Cabbage White Butterfly