Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Cheshire local information

When to see: May-September

Where to see: Almost anywhere; but especailly gardens and alloments where cabbages and nasturtiums and other related plants are grown

Behaviour: Migratory

Wingspan: 58-63mm

Caterpillar food plant: Cabbage family (Brassicas)

Cheshire status: An abundant and widespread resident with numbers sometimes augmented by immigrants. Double-brooded with the second emergence larger than the first and even a partial third brood in some years - recorded throughout the season. A highly mobile buterfly species that occurs in a wide-range of habitats, especially allotments and crop fields.


Spotlight on Cheshire Butterflies: the Large White