Mustard White

Species Name: Pieris oleracea

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Openings in mesic forest, including riparian floodplains, margins of fens and marshes, and streamsides; as well as wet meadows, field and pastures.

Threats to Survival

Loss of intact woodland and wet meadow habitats, introduction of invasive plants, hydrologic alteration, river bank stabilization, introduced generalist parasitoids, aerial insecticide spraying, non-target herbiciding, excessive browse of larval host plants by deer, off-road vehicles, and parasitism.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the effect human development has on their habitat.