Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Cabbage White Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Pieris rapae
Description: Caterpillars are green and covered with fine
white hairs, which give them a velvety look. A yellow line runs along the length of the body.
Chrysalis: The chrysalis is green or tan, depending on
the time of year and the structure to which it attaches.
Host Plants: Cabbage plants – and other members of
the mustard family, including mustard, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Habitat: Any open area with a variety of mustard
species available for the larvae including gardens, old fields, and waysides.
Comments: The Cabbage White was introduced into
the United States in 1860 and spread rapidly throughout the country. It is currently a very
common butterfly in Wisconsin. This butterfly feeds on members of the mustard family, which
includes such common garden plants as broccoli, cabbage, and turnips. This invasive species
is thought to replace native species in some areas.