Monday, July 19, 2010

Cabbage White Butterfly

The Cabbage White Butterfly, accidentally introduced into North America from Europe, is now found in every state of the United States.  Cabbage White's with two wing spots are females.  Males have but one, and spend the day trolling for females (see photo below).  After mating, the female lays her eggs on the underside of leaves.  The pupa hibernate. Cabbage Whites can be pests on cultivated cabbages, kale, radishes, broccoli and horseradishes.  The Cabbage White above landed on a variegated nasturtium in Erika's garden, which will be my hunting ground for future butterfly blog posts.

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