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Butterfly  Small White

Small White - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying butterflies? Checkout the beautifully illustrated fold-out chart in the Nature Shop called "Butterflies of Britain" - click here

Latin name: Pieris rapae

Size: Wingspan approximately 45mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to October.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on brassicas, cabbage and garlic mustard.

Habitat: Meadows, hedgerows, gardens and wasteland.

Special features: Sometimes called the 'cabbage white', the small white is one of our commonest species of butterfly, found in most areas except the highlands of Scotland.

Click for a better viewThe caterpillars are bright green, covered with fine hairs, and finely speckled with tiny black dots.

Like the large white, it hibernates as a chrysalis, and so the first adults can be seen in early March when the weather starts to become warmer.

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