Attributes of Pieris rapae

Cabbage White
Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Upperside of wings white; forewing with black tip. Two submarginal black spots in female, one in male. Underside of hindwing and forewing apex evenly yellow-green or gray-green. Spring and fall short-day form is smaller, less yellow, with reduced black areas.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 inches (4.5 - 5.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females. Females lay single eggs on undersides of host leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Two to three in northern part of range; 7-8 in the south. It is usually the first butterfly to emerge in spring.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many plants in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family and occasionally some in the caper family (Capparidaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar from a very wide array of plants including mustards, dandelion, red clover, asters, and mints.
Habitat: Almost any type of open space including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, cities, and suburbs.
Range: From central Canada south through the United States (except Florida Keys, southern Louisiana, and South Texas) to northwest Mexico.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Ensure control steps do not affect other invertebrate fauna.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 29, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 05, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Foxmoor Suffolk County, New York, United States July 04, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 roseanna Casey County, Kentucky, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 26, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States June 26, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States June 26, 2015 Details
May 22, 2011 Joe Saunders Mercer County, West Virginia, United States June 25, 2015 Details
May 21, 2012 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 tom nolan Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States June 16, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Richard1948 California, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 OhioHick Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States June 14, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States June 13, 2015 Details
March 30, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 07, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 greenjeans Greenville County, South Carolina, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Doug Bruce Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 stephen stedman Carter County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 21, 2015 mcleo118 St Louis County, Minnesota, United States May 23, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States May 15, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 ezeemonee Erie County, New York, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 06, 2015 gpstewart Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 06, 2015 gpstewart Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 M. Moore Collin County, Texas, United States May 10, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 BCaron Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 04, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 29, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 MAKI Multnomah County, Oregon, United States April 23, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 12, 2015 Details
April 06, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 09, 2015 Details
March 28, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 30, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 23, 2015 Details
August 19, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 23, 2015 Details
July 19, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 22, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States March 23, 2015 Details
January 26, 2015 deanna06 Oakland County, Michigan, United States March 16, 2015 Details
August 02, 2014 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States March 12, 2015 Details
March 10, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States March 10, 2015 Details
February 28, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States March 02, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 27, 2015 Details
April 20, 2014 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States January 04, 2015 Details
June 09, 2014 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States December 31, 2014 Details
October 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States December 06, 2014 Details
October 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States December 06, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 29, 2014 Details