Despite being very similar to the green-veined white, the small white is easily identified in spring by its yellowish underwings without green-marked veins. It is one of the first butterflies to fly in spring and is still on the wing well into autumn. It is commoner than the green-veined white and is more often found in fields and agricultural areas than the green-veined white, although the two species do sometimes fly together in wetland areas. It is a common sight to see female small whites laying eggs on crucifers such as wild mustard. Like the larger large white it is very migratory and its numbers can increase at the end of spring due to the arrival of butterflies from North Africa, or at the beginning of autumn with butterflies arriving from Europe. It hibernates as a chrysalis. It is one of the most abundant butterflies in Europe.
Scientific name: Pieris rapae
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