Cabbage White-Pieris rapae
This gorgeous creature is the reason I no longer try to grow cabbages in my garden. Now I don’t have to fight to save the cabbages I can sit back and enjoy the cabbage white as it flits about the garden.
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We’ve never grown cabbages and it has limited appeal although I do love cole slaw, stuffed cabbage, and red cabbage in salads. Boiled not so much. So this lovely little flitter does not bother our garden either although more by choice I guess.. They arrive in spring and we have a good number of them throughout summer.
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Lovely image! We get these flitting about the garden and they’re welcome – happily we have no cabbages. 🙂 (But I may grow something else for them.)
There are plenty of cabbages at the grocer’s so we can have butterflies and those green round veggies. They seem happy visiting our flowers but where the young flourish I don’t know. There are not many vegetable gardens in our neighborhood, we do have one but no cabbages, and I haven’t noticed a farm with a field of them nearby either. Maybe next town over.They do eat other related plants like broccoli and cauliflower but we haven’t noticed any of them on our broc.
I don’t think there’s much by way of cabbages around here either, so they must be surviving on something related. I think wallflowers are the same family – wonder if they eat those?
Not sure. These are the only Wallflowers I know. 🙂
A bit different to the ones I’m familiar with – good though! 🙂
Wikipedia says this “species has a natural range across Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada, around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America.” The article includes a global invasion map:
They go where the cabbage goes. A few probably rode on cabbages from the old world.
I do see these from time to time. I once saw one so tattered I couldn’t believe it still was able to fly, but this was looks quite fresh and lovely.
It is amazing how they keep flying despite losing so much of themselves. Most of the ones I see are in pretty good shape so I think they must hatch at several times during the season.
Wonderful detail – including its proboscis!
The two things I try to capture with butterflies and moths, aside from overall detail, are the eyes and proboscis. Thanks, Eliza!
Great to look at but despised by many cabbage growers!
Everybody’s got to eat, even cabbage worms. We don’t grow cabbage but maybe they are attracted to our broccoli.
Great image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!
This is another of those extremely common subjects that I never tire of, either photographing or viewing photographs of.
Same here, Todd. They are beautiful, if pesty, and I do enjoy watching and chasing them for pictures.
I think their larvae eat lots of plants in the garden besides cole crops. I have watched them for long periods in my own garden, knowing that in a couple of weeks those worms will be chewing leaves all over the place. I love them anyway, and this poem that captures their crazy dance:
The butterfly, the cabbage white,
(His honest idiocy of flight)
Will never now, it is too late,
Master the art of flying straight,
Yet has — who knows so well as I? —
A just sense of how not to fly:
He lurches here and here by guess
And God and hope and hopelessness.
Even the aerobatic swift
Has not his flying-crooked gift.
Although we do get quite a large number of Cabbage Whites in the yard and garden neither my wife nor I have noticed much damage. That poem does capture the errant flight of the butterfly. It definitely lives up to the word “flit”. Thanks!
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