Small White

Pieris rapae   


Wingspan 48mm 

Similar to the Green-veined White, the underside vein markings are less pronounced on the Small White. The black mark at the apex of the upperwing is unbroken. 

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Flight Period
Mid-March to Mid-October in two or more broods. 

Larval Food Plants
Cruciferae family, Cabbages etc.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)
Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea) 

This butterfly can be found in many habitats including:
Gardens & allotments, parks, open grassland, meadows and hedgerows. 

Resident and widespread & common 

Wiltshire Sites
Commonly seen throughout Wiltshire. 

Earliest Sightings
Earliest county record 13th February 1998 

Latest county record

13th November 2011 Chippenham (Michael Sammes)