Cabbage White Butterflies in Cedarvale Ravine: July 2020

Cabbage White Butterflies originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region of Europe. They were unintentionally introduced to Quebec in 1860.

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage Whites are found from the last frost of early spring until the first hard frost of late fall.

Cabbage White Butterfly

They have spread throughout North America. No other butterfly is so successful over such a great variety and expanse of landscape.

Cabbage White Butterfly

Farmers and gardeners consider the Cabbage White a pest, so great is its appetite for cabbages, radishes and nasturtiums.

Cabbage White Butterfly

There are three or more broods each season.

Cabbage White Butterfly

I have been to Cedarvale Ravine in all seasons and in all weather. It has a wide variety of habitats.

Bridge over ravine
View from bridge

Other butterflies:

Large Lace Border Moth
European Skipper
 Green Leuconycta (Owlet moth)
 Green Leuconycta (Owlet moth)
 Green Leuconycta (Owlet moth)

Thank-you to Ken Sproule for assistance in identification.

Other life:

Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (male)

Some botany:

Duckweed (Lemna minor)
Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crusgalli)
Squirrel-tail Grass (Hordeum jubatum)
Quack Grass (Elymus repens)
Redtop (Agrostis gigantea)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
White Avens (Geum canadense)
Indian-hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)
Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota) with spider
Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
False Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Virginia Creeper (Pathenocissus inserta)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Common Sow-thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)

Water-hemlock is considered to be the most violently poisonous plant in temperate North America for both livestock and humans.

Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata)
Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata)
Water-hemlock (Cicuta maculata)


If ant hills are high in July,
the coming winter will be hard.      – Proverb

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Cabbage White Butterflies in Cedarvale Ravine: July 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Another one of my favourite places, still beautiful despite the drought. And thank you, Miles (and Ken), for all the beautiful things there!


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