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Small White - Pieris rapae

Bradley & Fletcher No.: 1550
Agassiz No.: 58.007

The Small White is a highly mobile species and each year the resident population is boosted by individuals flying in from mainland Europe. 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. Adult butterflies are attracted to white flowers where they feed and on which they are well camouflaged when roosting. This is a common and widespread species.

Post-2000 records
Pre-2000 records

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More detailed information on this species can be found on the UK Butterflies website.