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Butterfly: Cabbage White

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cabbage white

Unread postby arks » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:24 pm

Can anyone help me with ID for these two butterflies, seen at Kirstenbosch on 24 August 2009.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby Zebrechant » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:23 pm

The first butterfly looks like Pieris Rapae, Small white Pieris Rapae, (pieridae) to me.

If so...This one is very common in north of europe. Does this one live in SA as well?

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:00 am

Cabbage white / Kool-witjie / Pieris brassicae

The cabbage white is actually an introduced species from Europe, but is is now found in a very large area in the Western Cape and its range is still rapdily expanding.
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Butterfly: Cabbage White

Unread postby arks » Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:27 am

Here's another butterfly that I need ID help on. Seen in my garden in Darling in September 2010.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby WildWings » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:58 am

Looks like a Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae), accidentally introduced into the Western Cape from Europe and first recorded in 1994.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby arks » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:17 am

Thanks for the ID, WildWings, and the additional info. Sorry to hear that it's an invader :evil:

And welcome to the forum as well! Great to have a(nother) knowledgeable new member 8)
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