One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mainly white butterfly that has caterpillars which are pests of cabbages and related plants.
Genus Pieris, family Pieridae: several species, in particular the small white (P. rapae) and the large white (P. brassicae)
- ‘Keep cabbages, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers covered with horticultural fleece or a fine netting to prevent cabbage white butterflies from laying eggs.’
- ‘For example, many homeowners had gardens, which contained cabbage, broccoli, and other crops as host plants for cabbage white caterpillars.’
- ‘Kales need little attention apart from controlling aphids and cabbage white butterfly and will grow well in most garden soils.’
- ‘Swallowtails, cabbage whites, skippers, and orange sulphurs follow scent trails to the tiny patches of flowers blooming furiously in the middle of the city.’
- ‘Eleven inches above his head a small white cabbage butterfly hung, caught in a beam of sunlight.’
- ‘The cabbage white and its caterpillars are doing fine and aphids like greenfly are likely to benefit from warming.’
- ‘If I have an infestation of slugs or snails or cabbage white butterflies then I will get rid of them in whatever way I choose.’
- ‘Although the caterpillars of some butterflies, like the cabbage white, are considered vegetable garden pests, you should never use pesticides - even biological ones - in a butterfly garden or you'll destroy your intended guests.’
- ‘The cabbage white butterfly was introduced from Europe.’
- ‘Tell me, can the cabbage white butterfly really count?’
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