Nature's Focus: Cabbage White Butterflies
Photos courtesy of Thomas W. Gorman
When it comes to nature and the enjoyment of being outdoors, it is always a pleasure seeing the sights and sounds of many species which inhabit our woodlands, waterways and even in our own back yards. One species in general is the butterfly, which I find to be not only an amazing sight to behold because it brings beauty to the eye, but it also provides a service of pollinating many plants as well. One of the first butterflies to be seen fluttering around is called the Cabbage White butterfly.
The adult Cabbage White will consume nectar from a variety of flowering plants, such as Aster, Thistle, Dandelion and Clover to name a few. Unfortunately though, the Cabbage White butterflies are considered pests by many farmers and gardeners, because their young will devastate crops of Cabbage and Radishes very quickly.
After mating, the female will lay her eggs under the leaves of plants such as cabbage, radish and any other type of plant within the Mustard family. When the caterpillars “hatch” they immediately begin eating, and they will shed their skin 4-5 times before they reach the chrysalis stage. During the chrysalis stage the Cabbage White will go dormant over the winter and emerge as the Cabbage White Butterfly in early spring, when they continue with their new cycle of life.
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