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Butterflies - Large White (Pieris brassicae)

The Large White is on the wing between the end of April to end of June and mid July to October although numbers drop rapidly by mid September. The Large White is the UK's largest white butterfly. It is not always a welcome visitor to gardens and allotments due to the damage inflicted on brassica crops by the larvae which are capable of completely devouring large areas of cabbages. Over recent years, the use of pesticides has effected its numbers quite dramaticallly in some places in the UK.

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Cruciferae family, Cabbages etc.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea)

A very mobile and migrant species which may be found in any location. The majority of adults are to be found close to breeding areas where brassica crops are grown.

Resident in Warwickshire.

Find out more about the Large White online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Large White butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Large White Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Large White - 2011 records / distribution. Large White - 2010 records / distribution. Large White - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

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Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Large White submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

13/03/2018 Fen End

15/03/2017 Bidford on Avon

08/04/2016 Lilbourne

06/04/2015 Hillmorton

08/04/2014 Alcester

03/04/2013 3 Horseshoes Pub, Dunchurch.

27/03/2012 Ryton Pools Country Park

19/03/2011 Mancetter

08/04/2010 Stoke Floods

21/03/2009 Stockton

22/04/2008 Hillmorton, Rugby

12/04/2007 Hillmorton, Rugby

Other Species

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