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Cabbage White

Pieris rapae
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Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

Diet:  It is a huge pest to farmers, snacking on mustard family plants like broccoli, kale, cauliflower and of course, cabbage.

Fun Fact:  The caterpillars can survive in soggy, oxygen-low environments and have been known to survive in the human digestive tract when accidently swallowed.  Talk about butterflies in your stomach!

Source:  

Acorn, John. Butterflies of Alberta. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 1993. Print

Mitchell, Robert, and Herbert S. Zim. Butterflies and Moths. Racine: Western Publishing Company Inc.,
1987. Print

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Nodding Onion
Allium cernuum

Habitat: Found on dry banks and rocky hillsides.  Commonly found in prairie regions throughout central and southern Alberta.

Description: The Nodding Onion has pinkish-lavender flowers hanging from long stalks.  The plant is recognized easiest by the distinct bend at the end of the stalk.  The leaves are grass-like and circular.  The plant emits an onion-like odour when it...

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