Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)


More butterflies in the golden light of fall afternoon. Today we have a Cabbage White Butterfly  (Pieris rapae)  nectaring on a comfrey flower (Symphytum × uplandicum, I presume.) The yellow appears on the underwing. Below is a capture that shows the tops of the wings with their familiar white with prominent black spots. Females have a second dark spot in the forewing, so the pictured butterfly is a male. He is feeding on stevia. These butterflies are very common, but they are not native to North America. They can be a pest on agricultural crops such as, well, cabbage. Taken with a Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S VR ED; cropped.

Cabbage White Male on Yellow Salvia

Cabbage White Male on Salvia

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