Butterflies - Large White (Pieris brassicae)
The Large White is on the wing between the end of April to end of June and mid July to October although numbers drop rapidly by mid September. The Large White is the UK's largest white butterfly. It is not always a welcome visitor to gardens and allotments due to the damage inflicted on brassica crops by the larvae which are capable of completely devouring large areas of cabbages. Over recent years, the use of pesticides has effected its numbers quite dramaticallly in some places in the UK.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Cruciferae family, Cabbages etc.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea)
A very mobile and migrant species which may be found in any location. The majority of adults are to be found close to breeding areas where brassica crops are grown.
Resident in Warwickshire.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Large White is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Large White butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.