Pieridae: Pierinae

06995 Large White Pieris brassicae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1549 (ABH58.006)

near Panichkovo, Western Rhodopi Mtns., 17th June 2013. Male being eaten by crab spider.
near Panichkovo, Western Rhodopi Mtns., 17th June 2013. Male being eaten by crab spider.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
near Panichkovo, Western Rhodopi Mtns., 17th June 2013. Male being eaten by crab spider.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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 2013-2014


General Information

As in the rest of Europe the Large White is a widespread and common species in Bulgaria, and though often on our site lists we only seem to see it in ones and twos, unlike other whites which can be much more numerous.

 

This species and the Small White are both also known as the Cabbage White.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.

Wingspan: M: 58mm, F: 63mm
Foodplant(s): cabbages (Brassica spp.), Wild Cabbage (Brassica oleracea), Rape (Brassica napus), crucifers (Cruciferae)
Flying: Two generations, April-June and July-early September
UK Presence: Resident

Habitat

Anywhere.

Regional Information

Recorded in 43 (2.3%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2014

Recorded date range (Adult): 05 May to 23 July

Recorded date range (Pupa): 16 June to 17 June

Similar Species
Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopis, 5th June 2011.
Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopis, 5th June 2011.
 Photo © Roger Parker
Small White Pieris rapae
Rupite volcano, Struma valley, SW Bulgaria, 2nd July 2008, female.
Rupite volcano, Struma valley, SW Bulgaria, 2nd July 2008, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Green-veined White Pieris napi


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Grey, black, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5