A Butterfly Overlooked
Dancing among the weeds
I had dismissed the butterfly as a Cabbage White (Pieris rapae, Pieridae), native to Europe but now the Nemesis of brassica-growers in many parts of the world. The Cabbage White arrived in Melbourne in 1929, and by the 1970s it was all over the place, including Far North Queensland. A mid-sized white butterfly dancing around the weeds in a garden — what else was it likely to be?