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Genus Pieris

Cabbage White - Pieris rapae Caterpillar on radish - Pieris rapae Green 'Grub' On Purple Cabbage - Pieris rapae Unknown Caterpillar - Pieris Day 44: Late chrysalis, ventral image - Pieris rapae - female Cabbage White - Pieris rapae cabbage white caterpillar - Pieris rapae Garden Bug 2 - Pieris rapae
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows)
Subfamily Pierinae (Whites)
Tribe Pierini (Cabbage Whites, Checkered Whites, Albatrosses)
Subtribe Pierina
Genus Pieris
Numbers
All Leps lists five species, including the introduced species P. rapae.
Food
Feed on members of the Brassicaceae family. They have developed biochemical adaptations to chemicals called glucosinolates present in these plants.
Life Cycle
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Remarks
The highest species variety is in the Palaearctic. A few crop-damaging species have been introduced from this area, such as the cabbage white (Pieris rapae), which has become the most abundant representative of this genus and perhaps of all butterflies. The parasitoid Cotesia glomerata has been introduced to control this pest.
Internet References
Science Daily article on Pieris brassicae larva defense mechanism
Oecologia. Foodplant preferences