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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April 01, 2014 brhodes_avl_nc Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 03, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 17, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 26, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States April 07, 2014 Details
May 29, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States April 07, 2014 Details
June 02, 2013 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 Sue Orlowski Grant County, Washington, United States April 04, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 bigskyken Musselshell County, Montana, United States March 25, 2014 Details
March 25, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 25, 2014 Details
March 22, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States March 23, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
June 14, 2013 curtis.lehman Clay County, West Virginia, United States March 19, 2014 Details
March 05, 2014 CathleenGillingham Richmond County, New York, United States March 10, 2014 Details
October 23, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Harris County, Georgia, United States February 13, 2014 Details
June 26, 2012 Michelle Noonan Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States February 11, 2014 Details
September 01, 2012 Games4me Ocean County, New Jersey, United States February 06, 2014 Details
July 07, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 15, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 06, 2013 razer9672 Mercer County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
October 10, 2013 Lizzy2702 Colorado, United States January 31, 2014 Details
July 30, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States January 30, 2014 Details
July 14, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States January 29, 2014 Details
August 25, 2013 carlmf Nassau County, New York, United States January 22, 2014 Details
September 18, 2013 Totenzwerg Boone County, Iowa, United States January 20, 2014 Details
July 17, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
October 18, 2013 f0kz0r Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States January 08, 2014 Details
March 14, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 cliffweisse Fremont County, Idaho, United States December 26, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 pumpcrick Ontario, Canada December 09, 2013 Details
March 20, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States December 05, 2013 Details
November 05, 2013 Bowbender Ashland County, Ohio, United States November 16, 2013 Details
September 25, 2013 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States November 04, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States November 04, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States November 04, 2013 Details
November 02, 2013 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States November 03, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States October 25, 2013 Details
October 24, 2013 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States October 24, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 John LeBlanc Rockingham County, Virginia, United States October 17, 2013 Details
October 14, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 17, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 klsouth King County, Washington, United States October 14, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada October 12, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 RebMother Fairfax County, Virginia, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 VidyaVenkat New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 treichard Tompkins County, New York, United States October 08, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 Mary Franceline Malone Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States October 06, 2013 Details