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Keywords:Alliaria petiolata, Artogeia, Brassica, European cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, black, blue, brassicaceae, butterfly, cabbage butterfly, cabbage white, cabbage worm, caterpillar, garlic mustard, green, imported cabbage worm, introduced, invasive, lepidoptera, mustard, pest, small white, yellow
Small white (Pieris rapae) caterpillar on garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Small white (Pieris rapae) caterpillar on garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Small white (Pieris rapae) caterpillar on garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata). Develops into probably the most common butterfly in the area, if not the world. It's actually annoying common, and it's presence has on many occasions spoiled otherwise completely good photographs of more photogenic, native butterflies. Apparently it was been annoying people for a long time: one reference from the1880s says the small white is "painfully common". Farmers and gardeners call it cabbageworm. But on the bright side, at least it eats garlic mustard, a noxious invasive, which native members of Pieris don't seem to find palatable.