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 29, 2016 randimal Elmore County, Idaho, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 mathgeek Sandusky County, Ohio, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 15, 2016 Mary Franceline Malone Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 Paul Tavares Manitoba, Canada September 11, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 4wildlife Franklin County, Ohio, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 05, 2016 4wildlife Ontario, Canada August 31, 2016 Details
August 09, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 aarongunnar Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 margueritehamilton Ontario, Canada August 22, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 10, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 11, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 08, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 guy_incognito Cochise County, Arizona, United States August 07, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
October 05, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 01, 2016 Details
June 21, 2016 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada July 31, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 emitter Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 Ron Smith Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 frogbandit Snohomish County, Washington, United States July 26, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 ncrosbyrd Placer County, California, United States July 25, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States July 24, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 ncrosbyrd Los Angeles County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 19, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 18, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 18, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 dlkriensky Queens County, New York, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 dlkriensky Queens County, New York, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 15, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 dlkriensky Kings County, New York, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 dlkriensky Richmond County, New York, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 Gryphon Louisa County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 06, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Gilbert_28 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 05, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2016 Details