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Large White - Pieris brassicae
Large White - Pieris brassicae

Large white
The large white (Pieris brassicae), also called cabbage butterfly or cabbage white, belongs to the family Pieridae. The large white is found in a variety of habitats in northern Africa, Asia and Europe. In Europe, the large white is the most well known butterfly.
Pieris brassicae
Pieris brassicae
It feeds on nectar from thistles and cornflowers. In May or June the females lay about 100 to 300 eggs in groups on the host plants, on the undersides of the leaves. The caterpillars hatch after about 2 weeks and are yellowish-green and spotted black. They eat in groups. The older larvae are solitary. The caterpillars can be encountered from June to October and reach lengths of up to 40 mm. They develop a clear warning sign, and are equipped with a chemical defense system which is based on sulphur compounds and derived from the forage plants (various types of cabbage, milkwort, nasturtium). After 3 to 4 weeks, the caterpillars pupate, often after long hikes in search of suitable sites.
The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 55 - 65 millimetres. The front wings have black edges. The females have an additional black spot on the front wings. The underside of the rear wings is grey-green.
There are 2-3 generations of large white per year, from March until early November. The caterpillars of the 2nd generation can cause severe damage to cabbage crops. The large white is therefore considered a pest.

Pieris (Pieris) brassicae
Common namesSmall White, White cabbage butterfly, Cabbage White, Cabbage Butterfly, Large White, Large cabbage white, Large Cabbage-White, Indian large cabbage white
German namesGroßer Kohlweißling, Grosser Kohlweissling, Großer Kohl-Weißling
Dutch namesGroot koolwitje
Danish namesStor Kålsommerfugl
Finnish namesKaaliperhonen
Norwegian namesStor kålsommerfugl
Swedish namesKålfjäril
Spanish namesBlanca de la Col, Mariposa de la Col
Italian namesCavolaia maggiore, La
French namesPiéride du Chou, Grande Piéride du Chou, Papillon du Chou, La
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside), Northeast England (Northumberland, County Durham), Yorkshire (North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire))), Wales (Mid Wales (Brecknockshire)), Scotland (Northern Isles (Orkney Islands))), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Nordland, Rogaland, Telemark, Hordaland, Møre and Romsdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Oppland, Sogn and Fjordane, Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)), Iceland), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein, Channel Islands (Guernsey)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome, Frosinone))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
South Asia (Nepal, India (North India (Jammu and Kashmir (Kashmir), Chandigarh)), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh), Far East (East Asia (China (West China (Southwest China (Yunnan))), Japan), Southeast Asia (Thailand (North Thailand), Myanmar, Indochinese Peninsula (Laos, Vietnam (North Vietnam)))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon), Palestine), Central Asia (Tajikistan, Turkestan (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan)), North Asia
Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast)), Siberia (Russian Far East (Sakhalin Oblast (Sakhalin)))
New Zealand, Norfolk Island
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Macaronesia (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands)
Southern Africa
Republic South Africa
North America
USA (New York)
South America

Fossils: Paleozoic,


West Palaearctic

Distribution by Synonymus:
Pieris brassicae brassicae   Jordan, Bangladesh
CountriesAfghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Taxonomic statusParatype, Holotype, Allotype
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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