Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Pieris brassicae

Large White

Common and widespread throughout Britain and Ireland.


A large strong flying butterfly. Brilliant white wings with black tips to forewings, extending down wing edge. Females also have two spots on forewings not present in males. Undersides are creamy white with two spots.

What does the Large White eat?

The larvae of the Large White feeds on wild or cultivated species of the Cruciferae family, with a strong preference for cultivated varieties of Brassica oleracea such as Cabbage and Brussel-sprouts and varieties of B. napus such as Oil-seed Rape. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) and Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea) are also used, as is Sea-Kale (Crambe maritima) along the coast.

What habitat does the live in?

The Large White is as common butterfly found in a variety of habitats particularly gardens and allotments where cabbages are grown.


What family does the Large White belong to?

The Large White  belong to the Pieridae family.

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Scientific Name

Pieris brassicae


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Large sized

Wingspan Range: 63-70mm


Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland. Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = -7%

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