Pieris brassicae   Large White

Pieris brassicae Pieris brassicae

Wild plants aren't usually on this butterfly's diet as it just loves any member of the Brassica family. Cabbages are obvious targets and other crucifers such as oil seed rape can attract Large Whites in numbers. I managed and unusual (poor) photograph of it in flight going from Spear thistle Cirsium vulgare to Spear thistle and in October (well outside it's supposed flying time) too.

Edge of Ship Canal Lagoons, Frodsham Marshes 4th October 2004

Added on 5th October 2004, amended on 31st January 2005, updated 27th June 2008

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