Friday, 11 May 2007

Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Adult Large White (subspecies P. b. brassicae) at Geddington, Northants - July 2009

OTHER NAMES: Cabbage White, Cabbage Butterfly, Great White Butterfly
Featured Subspecies: Pieris brassicae brassicae
Length: ?
Wingspan: 58-63mm

UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Large White is one of the most common butterfly species in the UK and is . More often going by the name of "Cabbage White" (a name also applied to other white butterflies) for its habbit of voraciously eating cabbages while in caterpillar form. Picking out White Butterflies from other groups is of course very easy, but picking out the specific individual species can be a bit trickier.

Related Species:
Family: Pieridae 
Genus: Pieris
SUBSPECIES: P. b. brassicae, P. b. marghanita, P. b. ottonis, P. b. wollastoni

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and numerous other sites 
Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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