General Description

Above: white to pale grey wings with black tips; two dark eyespots on the forewing, one on the hindwing. Below: similar colour to above, one eyespot (males) or two eyespots (females) on the forewing, none on the hindwing. Wingspan up to 5 cm.


Cabbage White caterpillars are green and considered pests, eating leaves of cabbages and other vegetable crops. They were first recorded in Australia in 1929. Wasps were introduced into crop areas to eat the caterpillars, with limited success.


Worldwide. Southern and eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Farmland and urban areas.

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