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Related to cabbage whites: Pieris rapae

cabbage white

any large white butterfly of the genus Pieris, esp the Eurasian species P. brassicae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and related vegetables: family Pieridae
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Male monarchs and cabbage whites both vie for mates in what's called scramble competition, essentially a free-for-all race among males.
To isolate effects of salt, Snell-Rood and colleagues followed up their monarch study with a test of cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae), which cooperate in the lab by growing on a highly controllable artificial diet.
The kitchen garden is organic and great for Cabbage Whites.
But in spite of having most of these, so far this season I have only seen two cabbage whites and two peacocks.
Swallowtails, cabbage whites, skippers, and orange sulphurs follow scent trails to the tiny patches of flowers blooming furiously in the middle of the city.
Seeds and fertilisers are so efficient today, there is surely enough for all God's creatures in the Garden of Eden, even if we do moan over much, because of yet another wet weekend in June and the cabbage whites.
MAURICE PONS emailed with a selection of recent butterfly records including: brimstone at Kirkdale (May 5), Walton (May 11)' painted lady, Leasowe Common, May 6' red admiral, Walton (May 10)' and red admirals and cabbage whites moving north east along the north Wirral coast on May 11.
Then there's the cabbage white, the eternal scourge of gardeners wreaking fluttering havoc on carefully tended brassicas.