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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!

Small White at Abbotsbury

A very battered looking Small White clinging underneath a thistle flower

Small White. Photo: Penny Hawes

From Penny: “I thought you might like this pretty, but slightly tattered, White. I had a day out at the Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens on Monday 27th June.  Lovely hot day. Also found Red Admirals, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.”

Possibly a Small White, though it’s not easy to tell how far the black marking at the tip of the wings goes – it’s a smaller mark on Small Whites than Large Whites, but too much of the wing is missing on this specimen to be very sure.