Butterflies - Mid Wales

Small White butterfly

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

Name: Small White

Latin: Pieris rapae

Family:Pieridae

Origin: Wales

Food plant: Cabbage family