The white wings of this species have charcoal gray tips and 1 (male) or 2 (female) black spots in the center of each forewing. Underwings may be yellow or light green.
The green caterpillar eats cabbage and other plants related to mustard.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Cabbage White Butterfly
Scientific Name: Pieris rapae
Other Names: Small White; European Cabbage White
Adult Size (Length): 32mm to 48mm (1.26in to 1.89in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: white; black; gray; yellow
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana
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