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Large White

Pieris brassicae
Female, 16 June 1979 Male, 24 July 1993


The Large White may be seen almost anywhere, and it is a common visitor to gardens. As one of the two "cabbage white" species (the other is Small White), the eggs and larvae may be found on cabbages and other brassicas, in vegetable gardens, allotments and fields.

Conservation Issues

The Large White is a pest species, but is so common and widespread that its presence is not threatened by any control measures. Like the Small White, its UK populations are also boosted by migratory swarms from mainland Europe.

Flight Period

The main flight periods are May and early June for the first generation, mid July to late August for the second, which is much more numerous.


Throughout the area.