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17th August 2011, Lancaster Canal, Galgate. Photo: © RWD
Not actually white, but more of a creamy white. Female have two dark spots.


17th August 2011, Lancaster Canal, Galgate. Photo: © RWD
Distinguishable from the female of the Large White by the two small grey splodges on the forewings (the male of Large White has two similar grey splodges). Female.


27th July 2013, Dungeon Point, Hale, Liverpool. Photo: © RWD
On Lesser Burdock. TheMale have but one (or no) dark spots on upperside.


27th July 2013, Dungeon Point, Hale, Liverpool. Photo: © RWD
Male. On Lesser Burdock


27th July 2013, Dungeon Point, Hale, Liverpool. Photo: © RWD
Male. On Lesser Burdock Hairy legs and large greenish eye.


15th July 2009, Martin Mere, Burscough Bridge, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Female has two dark spots, rather than only one.


Some similarities to : the female of the Orange Tip butterfly, which also has a white body, but instead of orange tips (as in the male) has just one dark blackish spot in the front middle of the forewing, but can be told apart by the well-rounded tips of the forewing of Orange Tips (whereas Small Whites have forewings with a rather abrupt corner).

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

Cabbage White butterflies such as this one are attracted to cabbages by the smell of Allyl-IsoThioCyanate molecules that are given off by the plant when damaged. For more information see Wild Cabbage and scroll down to Sinigrin and Allyl-IsoThioCyanate.


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