Large White

Pieris brassicae

Visible now

The large white is a common, large butterfly that can be seen in spring and summer.

Adult females lay eggs on members of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, and is therefore why this species, and the small white butterfly, is known as a ‘cabbage white’ butterfly. As a result, it can be frequently seen in gardens and allotments.

This species can be easily confused with the small white butterfly, however the upper wing tip markings are darker and more extensive on the large white butterfly.

Look out for them near the cabbages in the Double Walled Garden and the Growing The Future Garden.