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Butterflies - Small White (Pieris rapae)

  • Larval Food Plants
  • Habitat
  • Status
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Cultivated brassicas such as Cabbages.
Nasturtium (Tropaeoleum majus)
Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)
Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba)
Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea)

It is a common visitor to gardens where it breeds on brassicas and Nasturtium, though it relies less on cultivated brassica crops than the Large White and breeds on a range of wild foodplants.

Resident in Warwickshire.

A widespread species which can be found across our region, usually in low numbers.

Find out more about the Small White online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Small White butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Small White Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Small White - 2011 records / distribution. Small White - 2010 records / distribution. Small White - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Small WhiteSmall White © Steven Cheshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Small White submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

05/04/2018 Coventry

02/04/2017 Weddington, Nuneaton / The Nook, Be

25/03/2016 Bedworth

06/04/2015 Rugby

11/03/2014 Wolston

31/03/2013 Fen End

24/03/2012 Packwood Hall

23/03/2011 Harbury Spoilbank North

08/04/2010 Wolston Lakes

20/03/2009 Cook Close, Knowle

04/04/2008 Victoria Nature Reserve Studley

14/03/2007 Wolston

Other Species

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