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Small White/Small Cabbage White (female)

Pieris rapae


Pale yellow with 3 dark spots on the wings.Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles.


It has been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where it causes damage to cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops. The caterpillar stage alone is responsible for crop damage because of which it is referred to as the Imported Cabbageworm. When the sun came out it really highlighted the yellow colours of the wings.

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bayucca 10 years ago
Small White
Pieris rapae Pieris rapae

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RachaelB 10 years ago

Thanks Bayucca.

bayucca 10 years ago

Pieris rapae, female.

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 16, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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