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 Post subject: cabbage white
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Can anyone help me with ID for these two butterflies, seen at Kirstenbosch on 24 August 2009.

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 Post subject: Re: Butterfly ID needed
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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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 Post subject: Re: Butterfly ID needed
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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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 Post subject: Butterfly: Cabbage White
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Here's another butterfly that I need ID help on. Seen in my garden in Darling in September 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: Butterfly ID needed
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Looks like a Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae), accidentally introduced into the Western Cape from Europe and first recorded in 1994.


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 Post subject: Re: Butterfly ID needed
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:17 am 
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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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