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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September 03, 2015 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2015 Details
September 09, 2010 rob77897@gmail.com Livingston County, Michigan, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 27, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 DebW Curry County, New Mexico, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States August 19, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 19, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 adamholli Russell County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 ngause1 Page County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 WBarry Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Monica de New Brunswick, Canada August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 stephen stedman Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 787 guy Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 05, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 05, 2015 Details
August 16, 2014 fierablue Genesee County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 04, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 jhauser42 Erie County, New York, United States July 31, 2015 Details
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