Cabbage butterfly

Cabbage butterfly: Pieris brassicae, P.rapae

Symptoms of damage:

  • Defoliation
  • Bores into the heads of cabbage

Identification of pest:

  • Larva: Velvetty bluish green in colour with black dots, Yellow dorsal and lateral stripes covered with white hairs.
  • Pupa: chrysalis which takes place in leaves and stem
  • Adult: White butterfly


  • Collect and destroy caterpillars in the early stage of attack
  • Conserve parasitoids like Cotesia glomeratus
  • Spray insecticides like quinalphos 25 EC @1000 ml



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