IMPORTED CABBAGEWORM, Pieris rapae (Linnaeus)
Description Picture Damage
  • white butterflies which have a few black spots on the front wings and black to gray wing tips
  • hind wings have a single spot at the front edge
  • travel like typical caterpillars without a looping motion
  • larvae are dark-green caterpillars up to 2 inches long

  • Photo credit: Extension Entomology, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University
  • attack is similar to and easily confused with the cabbage looper
  • related species, including the great southern white, may also be pests