cab"bage butterfly(Zol.), a white butterfly (Pieris rap of both Europe and America, and the allied Pieris oleracea, a native American species) which, in the larval state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip. See also Cabbage worm, below.
cab"bage*worm`n. (Zol.), the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the cabbage butterfly, (Pieris rap). The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks of young plants during the night, are the larv of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See Cutworm. larva of a cabbage butterfly.
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