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Cabbage white

Cabbage white
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Cabbage whites are common butterflies of gardens and other flowery places, where they cause no harm at all.

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Their dirty-green-coloured caterpillars, on the other hand, can wreak havoc in vegetable gardens and on farms, where they quickly reduce cabbages and other brassica plants to mere stalks.

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The caterpillars are full of distasteful chemicals, so are not eaten by birds, however, one parasitic wasp species loves them: the wasp lays its eggs inside the caterpillar where they are eaten by the grubs. British populations are bolstered by migrants from the continent.

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