Cabbage White Host Plant

spiroanJune 9, 2014

Hi everyone,

I was out in my back yard yesterday and to my surprise, saw what I think was a cabbage white butterfly laying eggs on arugula in my garden. However, when I looked at the butterfly host plant site that I know of, arugula was not listed as a host plant for the cabbage white (or any other butterfly for that matter). So, two questions for everyone. First, does anyone else know of cabbage whites using arugula as a host plant? And second, has anyone raised cabbage white caterpillars?

Thanks!

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runmede(7a Virginia)

Arugula is in the Brassicaceae family. Cabbage Whites eat every thing in that family.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 6:23PM
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larry_gene

It is listed in the HOSTS database, under the old synonym Cruciferae family name.

I recall one forum member a while back deliberately raising cabbage whites, but since it is a commercial and home garden pest and is very common, few hobbyists bother with it.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:29PM
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Leafhead

I don't raise Cabbage Whites deliberately because they are considered an invasive species. However, I don't discourage them from visiting my garden. Radishes and Mustard seem to be favorite hosts around here.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 3:01AM
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spiroan

Crazy that they are considered an invasive species. Thanks, everyone, for your comments and help.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:23AM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

They are not native. They are a species from Europe. If you ever grow cabbage, broccoli, etc., they lay and eat these up. Most people use garden covers to keep them off so they don't have to spray pesticides. They are very prolific, too.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 2:29PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Cabbage butterflies are great for when you have a pet praying mantis. Late in the summer, I can count on 12 to 20 cabbages per hour flying through my next-door neighbor's garden. Easy pickins.

I've tried growing broccoli a few times but it is a lost cause.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 3:57PM
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