Tag Archives: Small White

White butterfly with a small black spot on each forewing and black tips to them

Small White. Photo: Brian Arnold

Taken by Brian at Durlston Country Park on 27/05/2019

The common species of butterfly are as important as the rare ones: please record them via our sightings page, and, when you can, photograph them – and send your photos in to us. We use pictures on this website, in our newsletter, for publicity etc., so having a good selection to choose from is very useful. Probably the least well represented species are the Large, Small and Green-veined White, and the Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper; even the Large and Small Skippers miss out. So get out with your cameras and get shooting – we can’t guarantee we will put all of them in the Gallery, but they will be kept and used as needed, always attributing them to the photographer, of course.

view of a Small white resting on nettles and showing upper and underwings

Small White. Photo: Andy Martin

Andy took this photo on 5/04/18  above the Ulwell layby near Swanage, and says:

My first Small White of 2018 flying along the meadow above Ulwell lay-by. The butterfly was constantly being harassed by passing amorous  male Brimstone. Spring on its way at last.

This species is usually found from early March -Nov, if the temperatures are warm enough. This year would have been the exception with the snow and ice experienced in the whole of the UK. As gardeners are only too aware the caterpillars favoured  foodplant is the cabbage family, hence it being wrongly called a cabbage white by non butterfly enthusiasts.

Hopefully the amorous Brimstone realised its mistake. Should have gone to SpecSavers!

Large and Small White caterpillars. Photo: Andrew Cooper

Large and Small White caterpillars. Photo: Andrew Cooper

A selection of Large White (Pieris brassicae) and a couple of Small White (Pieris rapae) caterpillars that Andrew found in his Bournemouth garden, photographed on 20/08/2016.

He explains that the caterpillars were originally feeding on Nasturtiums but he brought them indoors to protect from predators and has given them Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) while the Nasturtiums recover!