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Species Account for Pieris brassicae

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Pieris brassicae  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Large White
Lepidoptera: butterflies: Pieridae

Large White (female) Copyright: Robert Smith

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Taxonomic group: butterflies (Lepidoptera: butterflies) - County data

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Records: 39616
First Record: 1960
Latest Record: 2023

1992-on hectads: 60
Pre-1992 hectads: 47
Total hectads: 60

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Large White (female upperside)
Large White (female upperside)
Large White (female)
Large White (female)
Pieris brassicae
Pieris brassicae

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More associated with parks and gardens and open woodland rides, the Large White is much scarcer on sea walls than its (usually) smaller cousins. Larval foodplants are crucifers and nasturtium. Greater 'vertical' prevalence of the black wing-tips along the back of the forewing is the distinguishing feature over Small and Green-veined Whites as the variation in size of each species can cause confusion. Hibernates in the pupal state. References

Species text last edited on Thu Mar 22nd 2012 by user 745


Broad Habitat Data (based on 262 records with habitat information)

Broad subhabitat Data (based on 5 records with subhabitat information)

Structural Habitat Data (based on 3 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 39616 records with habitat detail and method information)

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