Small Cabbage White
Female, topside Wings
Small Cabbage White
Underside Wings
Small Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: White & Yellow Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Pieridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Small Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
This Photo:     Male, topside Wings
Other name: Cabbage White

Thank you Matt Endacott, Karen Weaving & Leon Crang for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Males have one black spot per forewing, while females have 2. They both have one spot on each hindwing.
This is not obvious and it's easy to confuse the male's forewing spot and hindwing spot as 2 spots on one wing; looking like a female.
Larvae are green, with a pale yellow/green line along it's back. Yellow spotting around it's spiricles and 4 tiny ocelli (eyes) per side.

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This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)