Found this living larva in broccoli from a store. It was about 10 mm long. It was in july this year, and I don't remember the country of origin for the broccoli. A bit of googling makes me think it could be a Pieris rapae, but I don't know if there are any similar species.

edit: Even if I don't know the origin of the broccoli, I assume (and hope) it was grown in Europe since I got it in Sweden.


It definately looks like a Pieris rapae larvae, which are distinct from larvae in closely related common species as e.g. Pieris napi and Pieris brassicae. However, I'm not a lepidopterist and there might be related rarer species I'm not aware of, especially since you don't know where the broccoli is from. However, Pieris rapae is found basically all over the world as native or introduced (native in Europe, Asia, Africa and introduced in e.g. Ameria and Australia) and is a pest species of cabbage (including broccoli) so it is a very good fit.

  • $\begingroup$ Tried asking in another forum, and no one had an alternative to Pieris rapae, so I'll go with that until a lepidopterist objects! $\endgroup$ – picapica Oct 22 '14 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ @picapica Based on your update; if found and probably grown in Sweden, it if definitely Pieris rapae. Nice gifs on your tumblr by the way. The spider-killed syrphid fly here from 18th Aug. is a Volucella pellucida (Fönsterblomfluga), and the beetle below is probably Phyllopertha horticola. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Oct 23 '14 at 7:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the bonus taxonomy, much appreciated. (I don't really dare to use this place to ask about all the animals that I wonder about, that would most likely become spammy...) $\endgroup$ – picapica Oct 23 '14 at 22:16

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