Cabbage White Butterfly

Pieris rapae (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common butterfly this specis was accidentally introduced into Australia in the 1920's. Well know for its impacts on brassica crops where the velvety green caterpillars are a pest as they eat the leaves of the cabbages etc.

Above: white to pale grey wings with black tips; two dark eyespots on the forewing, one on the hindwing. Below: similar colour to above, one eyespot (males) or two eyespots (females) on the forewing.

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What habitats does Pieris rapae live in?

Urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath

What is the distribution of Pieris rapae?

Now well established across Australia

How big does Pieris rapae grow?

Can grow to around 5cm

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