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Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae) - Pieris rapae

Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae) - Pieris rapae
Guelph, Central Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Size: 2"
Just emerged from the chrysalis. There are also pictures of the chrysalis under my photos.
Raised indoors: January 24, 2006

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Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae) - Pieris rapae Unknown Chrysalis - Pieris rapae

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I'm editing out your date
because it is misleading on the data tab to see a report from January. For the record, it was January 23, 2006.

Is the date right?
or is this indoors? While it's true that everywhere north of the US tends to seem like Siberia to us native Californians, it must be just a bit too cold up there for butterflies to be out this time of year...

I did bring the chrysalis inside. I found it overwintering underneath the bark of an American Beech tree. Sorry for the confusion :)

What are you planning to feed it?
I seriously doubt it would survive outside this early in the year, and its chances of finding a mate are also not good, so it looks like you've got yourself a pet for the next week or two.

The University of Florida butterfly-rearing programs often use Gatorade as an artificial nectar source - melon-flavored seems to be best. Saturate a sponge, Q-tip or paper towel and it should be able to feed.

Oh, and you should probably remove the date from your post and put it in your text instead, to avoid confusion in the data map. That is, if you choose to put this on the image page for the species. This and the chrysalis are both nice shots.

Comparing with this one (below), I think you have a female.

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