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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May 03, 2016 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States May 04, 2016 Details
August 12, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 02, 2016 Details
October 06, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 02, 2016 Details
April 11, 2016 larrytip Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States April 26, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 Clara4 Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States April 21, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States April 19, 2016 Details
March 30, 2016 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States April 04, 2016 Details
June 15, 2015 ncrosbyrd Delta County, Colorado, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 13, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 19, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 19, 2016 Details
March 06, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 13, 2016 Details
January 01, 2016 AJ Trently Haywood County, Tennessee, United States February 23, 2016 Details
February 21, 2016 PONYRCR Orange County, California, United States February 23, 2016 Details
April 28, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
June 14, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
February 14, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States February 15, 2016 Details
March 19, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
October 23, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
October 25, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 Nancee Cobb Fairfax County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 29, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada October 20, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States October 20, 2015 Details
April 30, 2010 Sue D. L. Smith Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States October 16, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Fayette County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 stephen stedman Franklin County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 cptskip Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 benphalan Del Norte County, California, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada September 24, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States September 22, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 17, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 17, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 SteveHarbula Jefferson County, Colorado, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 14, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 commentator Ontario, Canada September 14, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 12, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada September 12, 2015 Details