Cabbage White Butterfly – Fascinating Facts For Readers

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Do you recognize this butterfly?

Chances are you have seen a cabbage white butterfly fluttering around in the Rocky Mountains.  Here are some interesting facts about this most common butterfly in the USA.

I have seen them flying around in an open meadow or just out in the backyard as the kids were playing.  It seems like they are everywhere and it turns out they are.  Cabbage white butterflies are distinctive and easily spotted as their whiteness stands out against the green of leaves.  I wonder how much you know about this butterfly?

Cabbage White Butterfly Basics

It is small, about 2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.

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Females have two black spots on each wing.  Photo via Flickr.

The butterfly has a black body and white wings with black tips and black dots on the wing.  Males have one spot on each wing and females have two spots on each wing.

They live in open spaces, such as fields, parks, and roadsides.

What Does The Larva Of Cabbage White Butterfly Look Like?

Just some quick background on the lifecycle of butterflies.  Most of us probably remember learning this when we were kids, but just in case you forgot here you go.  Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis.

They are born from an egg as a caterpillar.  After time, they form a chrysalis, where they change into an adult butterfly.  The adult mates and lays eggs to begin the lifecycle again.

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The destructive cabbage white butterfly caterpillar.

The larva or caterpillar of a cabbage white butterfly are not as recognizable as the adult butterfly.  They are green with a light yellow stripe.

Special Notes About Cabbage White Butterfly

This is the most common butterfly in the USA.

The larva or caterpillar feeds heavily on plants and crops.  It eats so much that it is actually considered a pest in some areas, such as in California, because it damages crops.

It is originally from Europe and was introduced to the USA in the 1800s.  It is thought to have come as caterpillars in a shipment of cabbages.