Monday, July 12, 2010
Pieris rapae, also known as the "Small White" or the Small Cabbage White. I found this one fluttering around my Cardomom (several plants of the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the ginger family Zingiberaceae) and, when it paused for a rest, I snuck in there for a few shots with the Nikon. Nothing rare, these butterflies are native to Europe and North Africa and have managed to become a minor pest on cabbages and cabbage-related plants worldwide. Even so, they are beautiful in an understated manner and generally not a problem in my, mostly cabbage-free yard.