Order Lepidoptera encompasses both Butterflies and Moths with around 12,000 species found across North America. Interestingly, Moths make up the greater number of the two with fewer than 1,000 being Butterfly species. The Butterfly-like 'Skipper' is also part of the group but noted for their shorter, stockier bodies. Butterflies and Moths are a very common sight throughout the state of Tennessee throughout the summer months, Butterflies found during the day and Moths more likely to be encountered during the evening / night time hours.
Common Name: "Cabbage White Butterfly"
Other Names: "European Cabbage White Butterfly; Small White Butterfly"
Scientific Name: Pieris rapae
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Pieris rapae.
Garden Pest: Known to be destructive of garden plants.
Nocturnal: Most likely to be spotted during night time hours.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Cabbage White Butterfly is also known by these other names:
European Cabbage White Butterfly :: Small White Butterfly
The Cabbage White Butterfly has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
large   outdoors   garden   pest   dots   dotted   winged   wings   flying   flight   white   yellow   grey   gray   black
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Cabbage White Butterfly. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
1.18 inches (30 mm)
1.97 inches (50 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Cabbage White Butterfly. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Cabbage White Butterfly can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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