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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Small White: A Butterfly of The Family Pieridae
by Arunas Travel Photography - 4

Small White

The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a species of butterfly in the Pieridae family that has a natural range across Europe, Asia, and North Africa and was accidentally introduced to North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.



Five interesting facts about the small white:

  • It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae (1758).
  • It can be distinguished by the white color with small black dots on its wings.
  • It has a wingspan of about 4 cm (1.5 in).
  • In the larval stage, it can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, radish, and broccoli.
  • It can fly up to 12 km (7.4 mi) in one flight.

Pieris rapae
Small White, Lithuania

Pieris rapae
Small White, Lithuania

Pieris rapae
Small White, Lithuania

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4 comments

  1. I do love its off-white colouring and it's buggy white eyes :o

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  2. What a beautiful little creature and I really appreciate being introduced to it and learning a little bit more about its origins.

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  3. how many information about, I didn't know those particular things.

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