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Cabbage White

Pieris rapae crucivora


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. The wingspan of adults is roughly 32–47 mm (1.25–2 in).


It is widespread and populations are found across Europe, North Africa, Asia, and Great Britain. It has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where it is causes damage to cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.


I spotted this in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park. It was difficult to photograph and this was the best shot I could get. It's resting on Sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica. One of the least colorful butterflies I saw in Thailand.

1 species ID suggestions

Cabbage White Butterfly
Pieris rapae Cabbage White Butterfly


dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Maria for the ID and Mary and Hanno for the comments. It's always strange to go halfway around the world and see a butterfly that I've seen in my own backyard!

Hanno Shalby
Hanno Shalby 5 years ago

wonderful color .. love it's scaly wings

MaryEvans2 5 years ago


พิษณุโลก, Thailand

Lat: 17.07, Long: 100.60

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012


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