Species Page: Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White

Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Pieridae

Status: Abundant resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: Initially a resident of Europe, this species was introduced into North America in about 1860, and now occupies all of the United States and much of Mexico and temperate Canada. It occurs statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Numerous wild Crucifers as well as some ornamental and agricultural species including cabbage and cauliflower.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods from spring to frost.

Overwintering: As pupae.

Habitat: Equally at home in weedy waste areas and urban landscapes.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 inches

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Similar Species: Superficially the Checkered, Western and Spring Whites.