Cabbage white butterfly

Pieris rapae

In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the large white (Pieris brassicae). The upperside is creamy white with black tips on the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain appearance. The wingspan of adults is roughly 32–47 mm (1.25–2 in).
Damage: Cabbageworms feed on foliage, and if left unchecked often will reduce mature plants to stems and large veins. Although they prefer leafy foliage, larvae may burrow into the heads of broccoli and cabbage, especially as they mature. Larvae are often immobile, and difficult to dislodge, and may be overlooked when cleaning produce. Larvae produce copious quantities of fecal material which also contaminate and stain produce.

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