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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Cabbage White
Class:Insecta Order:Lepidoptera Family:Pieridae Genus:Pieris


Cabbage White, Pieris rapae. Also known as the Small White or the Small Cabbage White Butterfly. These butterflies are white with black tips on the wings and the underside of the wings are a palish green for camouflage. The females have two black spots on the wings. Its interesting to note that these butterflies are not native to the States but are from Europe and Africa and were introduced by humans to North America, New Zealand and Australia. They are named for the damage they (and their caterpillars) do to cabbage crops. The Small White can now be found in the States, but not the Large White or Pieris brassicae. These butterflies flutter wildly around the yard and garden all day but rarely land on anything for very long. Occasionally I will see them either fighting or love making in a dizzy display. They are one of the last butterflies to disappear from the back yard in the Autumn.

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