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Small White - Pieris rapae
Small White - Pieris rapae

Small white
The small white (Pieris rapae) is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is common in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

The small white reaches wingspans of 40 - 50 mm. Its wings are white with black spots. The front wings have grey to black tips. The undersides of the hind wings are grey to yellow. The caterpillar is a dull green colour with light stripes on the sides.
Small White - Pieridae - butterfly - side face
Small White - Pieridae - butterfly - side face
The small white feeds on the nectar of various flowering plants. The females lay about 150 eggs on the food plants of their caterpillars - Cruciferae, cabbage, Reseda, cress, mustard and radish - which hatch after a maximum of 8 days. The caterpillars are solitary. After moulting four times they pupate. If the pupae do not hibernate, the new butterflies emerge after 10 days. The small white produces 2 - 3 new generations a year.

Pieris (Artogeia) rapae
Common namesWhite butterfly, Small cabbage white, Small White, Cabbage White Butterfly, Imported cabbageworm, Cabbage butterfly, Cabbage white, Female Cabbage White
German namesKleiner Kohlweißling, Kleiner Kohlweissling, Rübenweißling, Kleiner Kohl-Weißling, Rübenweissling
Dutch namesKlein koolwitje
Danish namesLille Kålsommerfugl
Finnish namesNaurisperhonen
Norwegian namesLiten kålsommerfugl
Swedish namesRovfjäril, Rovefjäril
Spanish namesBlanquita de la col
Italian namesRapaiola
French namesPiéride de la Rave, Petit Blanc du Chou, Petite Piéride du Chou, La
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Eco zoneFreshwater

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Isles of Scilly, Dorsetshire, Devonshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire)), North England (Northwest England (Cumbria, Cheshire), Northeast England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham), Yorkshire (North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire))), Wales (South Wales (Southeast Wales (Glamorganshire)), Mid Wales (Brecknockshire)), Scotland (Fife)), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Oslo, Rogaland, Telemark, Hedmark, Hordaland, Møre and Romsdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Oppland, Sogn and Fjordane, Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)), Iceland), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium (Flanders (Antwerp)), Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome, Frosinone))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
South Asia (Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan), Far East (East Asia (China (Central China (South-central China (Hong Kong))), Taiwan, Japan (Kyushu, Hokkaido), Mongolia, Korea (South Korea)), Southeast Asia (Indochinese Peninsula (Vietnam), Philippines, Thailand)), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan)), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Turkestan (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan)), North Asia
Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Siberia (Altai, Russian Far East (Sakhalin Oblast (Sakhalin))), European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast))
Australia (Tasmania (Tasmanian Central Highlands, South Tasmania (Southeast Tasmania (Hobart)), King Island), East Australia (Queensland (Desert Uplands (Brigalow Belt South)), New South Wales (Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), Sydney Basin (Sydney), Blue Mountains, NSW North Coast, New England (New England Tablelands), Cobar Peneplain, South West Slopes), Victoria (Melbourne (Ferntree Gully, Mordialloc), Hattah-Kulkyne National Park (Lake Hattah))), South Australia (Kangaroo Island, South Eastern Highlands, Adelaide), West Australia, Northern Territory)
New Caledonia, Vanuatu
New Zealand (North Island (Gisborne)), Hawaii (O´ahu), Norfolk Island
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Macaronesia (Canary Islands (La Gomera), Madeira), Morocco
West Africa
North America
Mexico (Central Mexico), USA (Florida, Louisiana, California, Montana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Travis County), Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Alabama, New York, Virginia, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Nebraska, South Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, North Dakota, Lake Erie Islands), Canada (Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador), Bermuda Islands (Bermuda), Saint Pierre and Miquelon


West Palaearctic

Fossils: Paleozoic,

CountriesAfghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Distr. infoWet Tropics
Taxonomic statusParatype
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
Wingspan32 mm
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