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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 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!
All Rights – Lei Hedger Photography 2009
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