Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Large White
Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758)


Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Pierinae
Identification: Like a very large version of the Cabbage White.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 inches (6-7 cm).
Life History: Females lay masses of yellow eggs on undersides of host leaves. Caterpillar is gray-green green with black smudges ands short white hairs. Chrysalis is gray green with small yellow and black marks.
Flight: Two to three flights in Europe from April to October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cabbages, Brussel-sprouts, nasturtium.
Adult Food: Flower nectar from a very wide array of plants including thistles and butterfly bush.
Habitat: Almost any type of open space especially vegetable gardens, roadsides, cities, and suburbs.
Range: Common native in temperate Eurasia. Rare stray or escape in North America.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally.
Management Needs: None needed for rare stray.
Comments: NULL