CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLIES DESERVE A CLOSER LOOK?


These cabbage whites – a name redolent with faint scorn (contrast Purple Emperor, Red Admiral, Peacock etc) – were out and about on a warm Dorset July day. They couldn’t actually get at the cabbages / purple sprouting broccoli, where they no doubt would have liked to lay their eggs – too well covered over. So I decided to see if they merited a photo-shoot in their own lepidopteran right. I think close-to they have their own beauty.Cabbage White ButterflyCabbage White Butterfly on lavenderCabbage White Butterfly DetailCabbage White Buttefly feeding on lavenderCabbage White Butterfly feeding on lavender

I’m often surprised how ragged the wings of a butterfly can get, without its flight being affected. I guess it is the sign of impending doom though, a rather sad thought…Cabbage White Butterfly - Dorset

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5 thoughts on “CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLIES DESERVE A CLOSER LOOK?

    1. I agree about flighty… surprisingly hard to nail down (if one’s allowed to do that to a butterfly). We have plenty in London right now, enjoying lavender, but they only rest for a couple of seconds before flitting off. No photo opps. Re name: would ‘White Princess’ restore their dignity?

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