Sunday 5 November 2023

Small White

Small White (Pieris rapae, 菜粉蝶).

For the past month there has been no shortage of butterflies, but in recent days their numbers have been increasing still. Often I see close to a dozen types of butterflies and moths feasting on a single flowerbed, not including more reclusive species hiding under leaves. Small whites are common across the world: perhaps once upon a time they ventured into China from the eastern Mediterranean, but they are natives now.

Small White by Xiang River