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The Cabbage White Butterfly

©Dawne M. Dunton

Myrtle Beach, United States

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The Cabbage White is our most common butterfly. They are mostly white with black markings and spots on the top of their wings. Underneath, the wings are yellowish-green.

Cabbage Whites are about two inches wide when their wings are spread.

Males and females can be told apart by their wing spots. Males only have one spot on each wing, while females have two.

Cabbage Whites can be seen just about anywhere there are open spaces, including fields, gardens, roadsides, waste places, parks, and cities.

Cabbage Whites are one of the first butterflies to be seen in the Spring, and one of the last to be seen in the Fall. They fly from late February to mid-November.

After mating, female Cabbage Whites lay single eggs on the undersides of host plants. Host plants are plants that the caterpillars need to eat. Cabbage White caterpillars eat plants from the Mustard family which includes cabbages and radishes.

Caterpillars begin eating as soon as they hatch. They are green with a light yellow stripe. They grow up to 3/4 inch.

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