Inside the Cabbage White’s Family Album


Cabbage White Butterflies

Cabbage Whites

Cabbage White Family
Cabbage White Eggs

Just one day old…aren’t we cute!

The Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) is one of the most common travelers to frequent our skies. Due to its abundance this delicate white butterfly is often overlooked and sometimes even thought of as a pest. Carrying a non-native stamp upon wing, it was introduced into the North American continent from Europe in the early 19th century.

Cabbage, hence its name, nasturtium and cultivated mustards are among this species favorite hosts and because these, and other host plants, are widely available this opportunistic flier has thrived.  Although the Cabbage White is often met with disdain, I am kind to this cheery and ambitious butterfly when it visits my garden. -K.D’Angelo

It's my birthday..a whole week soft & fuzzy too!

It’s my birthday..a whole week soft & fuzzy too!

Teenagers! Come on everyone goes through a gawky stage...

Teenagers! Come on everyone goes through a gawky stage…

cabbage white on lavender

Look at me now… I can FLY!

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6 Responses to Inside the Cabbage White’s Family Album
  1. Shelly
    August 12, 2015 | 8:51 am

    How long do these guys stay in their caccoons during summer? My toddler and I gathered five cabbage caterpillars from our garden last week and three have just formed their cacoons. We’re wondering how long we can anticipate until they emerge as butterflies. We’re in Southern California where temps are expected to reach 100+F this week.


    • OWB
      November 25, 2015 | 12:30 pm

      I’m sorry for the late reply, I missed your post question. I’m sure you already found out they will emerge in 10 to 14 days!
      Enjoy the butterflies!

  2. someone
    October 29, 2009 | 2:33 pm

    What plants are the eggs laid on?

    • OWB
      October 29, 2009 | 10:57 pm

      In this particular blog shot they are laid on nasturtium Tropaeolum, a type of water cress.

  3. Larry
    July 13, 2009 | 11:21 am

    Great images. I also have to stop and appreciate the simple beauty of the Cabbage White and the fact it is one of the few butterflies that can be found all year.

  4. Joy
    July 10, 2009 | 2:33 pm

    Cute pictures, amazing butterflies! Great Blog!

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