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Large WhitePieris 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.
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 PeriodThe 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.
DistributionThroughout the area.