Butterflies - Mid Wales

Small White butterfly

Mustard gas deterrent. The familiar Cabbage White is protected by distasteful chemicals that it stores from its caterpillar food plant. The chemicals are related to mustard gas. The white pigment in its wings is also the same white that is found in bird droppings..

Name: Small White

Latin: Pieris rapae

Family: Pieridae

Origin: Wales

Food plant: Cabbage family