Small White ‘Pieris rapae’ Butterfly and caterpillar. Vegetable pest identification

Small White Pieris rapae are considered a garden pest as they eat cabbage and tomatoes.

Small White butterfly laying egs on a cabbage

Small White butterfly laying eggs on underside of a cabbage leaf

Small White ‘Pieris rapae’ caterpillars young and old

The caterpillars will eat your brassica as well as your tomato plants.

They are very well camourglaged and difficult to see.

They mainly come out under the safely of darkness to feed.

The caterpillars eat the leaves as well as the unripe tomatoes.

Tomatoes eaten by Pieris rapae caterpillars

Tomatoes eaten by caterpillars

Photography Neil Bromhall. www.rightplants4me.co.uk

2 Responses to Small White ‘Pieris rapae’ Butterfly and caterpillar. Vegetable pest identification

  1. Subtraction Minus says:

    aw! the poor little creature is just hungry, is all! The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 🙂

  2. What’s up, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

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