Small White

Name: Small White

Scientific name: Pieris rapae

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 20

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly small white butterfly, with a wingspan of about 5cm. Adults fly between April and October. A common butterfly, found in a wide variety of habitats, including hedgerows, farmland, gardens and parks. The foodplants are members of the cabbage family, including garlic mustard and garden cabbages.

How to identify: A smaller version of Large White, with less black on the wing tips. Told from the Green-veined White by the plain yellowish underside of the hind wings.

Where: Found across the country, although scarcer in the north of Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 10
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 60

Fantastic fact: Small Whites spend the winter as a chrysalis, hibernating for up to 8 months.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-03 07:42:19
    • Whiskolis

    These butterflies are common summer visitors, abd you can find them throught britian. I have seen one and I live in london.

  • Avocetiga
    • Date: 2012-06-15 20:30:52
    • Avocetiga

    it has nice greeny white wings

  • Wigeonona
    • Date: 2011-06-13 20:05:07
    • Wigeonona

    i love butterfly's!

  • Hawfinupe
    • Date: 2011-04-10 10:07:24
    • Hawfinupe

    is this a cabbage white

  • Dolphilor
    • Date: 2010-08-03 12:06:23
    • Dolphilor


  • Greenilla
    • Date: 2010-04-09 11:28:48
    • Greenilla

    I have lots in my garden.

  • Catwing
    • Date: 2009-12-13 15:41:43
    • Catwing

    It looks tricky to spot but I think I can find the Small White!