Cabbage Butterfly on Garlic Chive Blossoms

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I wasn’t sure of the identity of the creature that I found on my garlic chive blossoms the other day so I pulled out Garden Bugs of Ontario and quickly identified it as Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae). And then I realized that I know cabbage butterfly, I’m just not so used to seeing it up close and with so much detail. Sometimes the macro lens gives me an alien-like view of the world that can be exciting but also somewhat disconcerting.

The book was a gift from Charity Briere who happens to be one of the book’s illustrators. Thanks Chair!

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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5 thoughts on “Cabbage Butterfly on Garlic Chive Blossoms

  1. That whole, “WOAH!” effect when seeing an insect up close and personal is a big part of what drew me to the entomology world. It’s incredible what beauty you can find when looking at the intricate details of these wee animals we generally take for granted yet they play such an important role in garden, forest, agricultural, etc. ecology!

    Yup. Bugs rock! :D

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