Cabbage White Butterfly - Pieris rapae; La Mirada, CA USA by leih2008

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The Cabbage White is perhaps our most familiar butterfly after the Monarch. What is not generally known, however, is this medium-sized ubiquitous butterfly is an invasive species, accidentally introduced onto North America at Quebec in 1860. There is no other butterfly that is so successful over such a large variety of landscapes and climates. Here in the Midwest, this butterfly is everywhere, usually in large numbers. Farmers and gardeners consider the Cabbage White a pest species; its caterpillars have a ravenous appetite for radishes, cabbage, and nasturtiums.

The sex of cabbage butterflies can be readily determined. In addition to the dark spot at the outer “corner” of the forewing, upper (dorsal) side, females have two dark spots mid-wing, one above the other; males have only one. So right away you can study the proportion of females versus males over the season.

The one captured here leaving my garden today is a male. We will be on the lookout for any caterpillars that might want to enjoy our tasty garden!

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful butterfly, Lei. Nice shot. xo

  • Hi Lori,
    Thanks so much for your reply (-: Hope your cause goes well. I couldn’t believe this beautiful thing was the reason for some damage to my garden. We are going to take a butterfly net and move them to the other side of the area where they can still eat and survive, but not in my garden LOL

    – leih2008

  • mcneder
    mcnederabout 5 years ago

    Very pretty. Take a peak at my “Shadow Boxing”
    Keep clicking – good stuff.

  • shararat
    shararatalmost 5 years ago

    WOW….wht a capture dear…..love d shadow…….WELL DONE

  • Hi Shararat,
    Thank you for your comment on the white butterfly. Hope they don’t eat too much this summer xxx Lei H

    – leih2008

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture and an unusual one too

  • Hi Missmoneypenny,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop in and comment on this fun capture (-: xxoo

    – leih2008

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured hover.

  • Hi Debbie,
    Thanks so much for stopping in to comment on this one. I always like to find out what is visiting in the garden. You definately want to catch these and relocate them to the park as they will damage your garden )-:

    – leih2008

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Hi I am glad you liked this one (-:

    – leih2008

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Hi Ray & Thank You (-:

    – leih2008

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you glad to be part of this group (-:

    – leih2008

  • Normf
    Normfover 3 years ago

    amazing shot

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld7 months ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank YOU! for featuring this art of mine here in our group; Color me a rainbow in nature! I feel VERY Blessed to have this art and others featured here! Feeling very HONORED!

    This is the remarks I post on my Facebook, InstaGram and Twitter when I have featured works in a group: Enjoy!

    Today my work is being featured along with several fellow artists in the group: Color Me A Rainbow; This week the color was white. Please click the link below to view and purchase any of my works featured along with my fellow artists (-: We would all appreciate your support! We have a variety of things that can be purchased from Greeting cards, posters, tote bags and throw pillows. Congratulations to all our featured artists. Honored to be among you! Have a Blessed Week! http://www.redbubble.com/groups/color-me-a-rainbow

    – leih2008

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