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Cabbage White

Pieris rapae
Photo Source: http://www.lessources-cnb.be/photos/regne-animal/insectes/lepidopteres/pieris-rapae-02.jpeg

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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Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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