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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August 10, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Edgar County, Illinois, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Champaign County, Illinois, United States August 20, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 shastamax Siskiyou County, California, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 Beverly Carter Ventura County, California, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 12, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 12, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 Jarchibold Essex County, New York, United States August 12, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Sepp Meier Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 10, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Molanic Du Page County, Illinois, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 birdseye Monroe County, New York, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 09, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 06, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 jim8435wisc Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States August 05, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 lumpydave84 Suffolk County, New York, United States August 05, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Elaine Link Macoupin County, Illinois, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 Sean Werle Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 a-o Essex County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada July 31, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 30, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 sailore9ret York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2014 Details
August 30, 2008 doris potter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 crm211b Ontario, Canada July 27, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 mmwm Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States July 26, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 23, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
May 02, 2014 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 missjohnson Erie County, Ohio, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 16, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 treichard Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 nletson Davidson County, Tennessee, United States July 14, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 dpitcher Erie County, Ohio, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 treichard York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 davidr Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details