Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Arthropoda >> Class: Insecta >> Order: Lepidoptera >> Family: Pieridae >> Genus: Pieris >> Species: P rapae

Binomial Name: Pieris rapae

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Small Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)
Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: July 3, 2015
Location: Northside Park, Ocean City, MD

Facts About The Small Cabbage White Butterfly

  • Small to medium butterfly, and a member of the yellow-white butterfly family Pieridae
  • Their distinguishing colors are white with black spots
  • They were accidentally introduced to North America, as well as Australia and New Zealand
  • They are also known as the ‘cabbageworm’ as they pose a serious threat to cabbage and mustard plant crops
  • A female has the potential to breed millions of offspring

Small Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)
Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: July 3, 2015
Location: Northside Park, Ocean City, MD

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