Small white (Pieris rapae)

Small White
Small white sitting on white flowers, Lithuania

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; it was accidentally introduced to North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

The butterfly 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.

The small white has a wingspan of about 4 cm (1.5 in), and can fly up to 12 km (7.4 mi) in one flight. In the larval stage, it can be a pest on cultivated cabbages, radish, and broccoli.


Pieris rapae
Small white, Lithuania

Small White
Small white, Lithuania

Small White
Small white, Lithuania

Have you ever seen a small white? Feel free to post a comment below.

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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