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Cabbage White Butterfly

Pieris rapae


Usually the first butterfly to emerge in spring, the Cabbage White has continual broods and may be seen flying all months of the year when temperatures are higher than the mid-50s Fahrenheit.


Range: North America south of central Canada to southern Mexico. Introduced in Hawaii, Bermuda, Australia, and New Zealand. Open space including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, cities, and suburbs. Host Plants: Mustard Family (Brassicaceae), Nasturtium (Tropaeolaceae), Caper (Capparaceae), and Mignonette (Reseda odorata).


These were first observed flying on March 19th.

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Yes, another invasive that has 'pest' status here in the U.S.... The only host plants growing on my property are invasive mustard family weeds, so they are more than welcome here as illegal immigrants ;)-

bayucca 8 years ago

To be precise: It is originally one or "our" butterflies from all over Europe and some parts of Asia, which found its way despite all visa restrictions to the Americas ;-)...

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Mar 24, 2012
Submitted on Mar 26, 2012

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