Donegal Wildlife Database - Insects - Lepidoptera - Pieridae

Pieris rapae - Small White

The larvae are green with a yellow dorsal stripe and yellow spots along the flanks. They eat brassicas and crucifers, giving rise to their alternative common name: Cabbage White

The adult is identified by the pale yellow/cream underside to the rear wing.

This chrysalis was one of dozens found attached to the ceiling of the porch of a rural house.

This species is now making a recovery after a period of severe decline in this area. It was only recently (2006) re-added to the 10k square recorded by this website.

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