Small White

Pieris rapae

Small White (Pieris rapae) male

Also called the ‘Small Cabbage White’, the upperside ground colour is creamy white with greyish wingtips, the male having the single greyish spot near the centre of the forewing, the female sporting two. Wingspan 50mm. Similar to Large White (Pieris brassicae).

Small White (Pieris rapae) male

The caterpillar feeds on cultivated brassicas, nasturtiums, and assorted wild crucifers and Wild Mignonette. The Small White can be even more of a pest than the Large White, yet it is affected by the same predators and parasites which helps to keep their numbers down.

Small White (Pieris rapae) female

The adults fly March to October in two or more broods. Found in flowery places of all kinds, especially gardens,  allotments, and other cultivated land. Common and widespread. One of the world’s commonest butterflies and a strong migrant.

Small White (Pieris rapae) male

All photographs taken various times and places in Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman.

18 thoughts on “Small White

  1. Pretty shots Pete! Butterflies have a habit of taking off just as you get them in focus, but you were too quick for this one!

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  2. Great photos and if this is the one I’ve been seeing in my apartment area DownUnder recently, I suspect the caterpillars are the ones that ate all my lettuces.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 It is interesting you have these butterflies there also. And yes, unfortunaely the caterpillars probably did eat your lettuce.


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