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Small White

Pieris (Artogeia) rapae
Female, 10 July 1976 29 June 1977


The Small White may be seen almost anywhere. As one of the two "cabbage white" species (the other is Large White), it is a common visitor to gardens where the eggs and larvae may be found on cabbages and other brassicas.

Conservation Issues

The Small White is a pest species, but is so common and widespread that its presence is not threatened by any control measures. Like the Large White, its UK populations are also boosted by migratory swarms from mainland Europe.

Flight Period

The main flight periods are May and early June for the first generation, mid July to mid September for the second, which is much more numerous.

In some years, the first generation's population is very small.


Throughout the area.