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 25, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 davidg111 Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 genevieveday Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 JimGriffin Marion County, Indiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States July 20, 2015 Details
June 30, 2012 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 cedarbees Wilson County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Brendamouse Allen County, Indiana, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 2mama2 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
September 14, 2013 ncrosbyrd Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 abrewin Alameda County, California, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 Cary Bird Monroe County, Indiana, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Mluna25 Queens County, New York, United States July 12, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Relic British Columbia, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
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