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Small White Pieris rapae

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Small White (Pieris rapae). Front garden, Staffordshire, England. Sunday April 2017.

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.

Cabbage Butterfly

Small White (Pieris rapae) male

Photograph of Small White (Pieris rapae), taken May 2015, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.