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Cabbage white

Pieris rapae


Ivory or very pale yellow colored, with brown edges on the dorsal side of the wings. There are also three brown spots per wing. Large, light green compound eyes.


Found sitting on knock out roses.


Seen in the afternoon. Wingspan is probably an inch and three-quarts to two inches.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 9 years ago
Cabbage White or Small White
Pieris rapae Species Pieris rapae - Cabbage White - BugGuide.Net

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Thanks for the information, igorneau. :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

A good way to tell butterflies from moths is by the antennae. Butterflies have antennae which look like golf clubs, known as "clubbed antennae." Moths have antennae which is feathery, or sometimes straight.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Thanks for identifying it. I wasn't sure if it was a butterfly or a moth.

bayucca 9 years ago

Pieridae, Pieris rapae, female. It is a butterfly not a moth.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

New York, United States

Spotted on Jul 27, 2012
Submitted on Jul 27, 2012

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