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Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самка  (Pieris brassicae)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Pieridae subfamily Pierinae tribe Pierini genus Pieris → species Pieris brassicae

Species name(s)

Pieris brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758) = Papilio brassicae Linnaeus, 1758 = Pontia chariclea Stephens, 1827 = Ganoris wollastoni Butler, 1886.

Large White


Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Indo-Malayan.

Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #15. Severo-Uralsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

30—33 mm.


55—70 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Самка  (Pieris brassicae)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Wingspan 45-60 mm. Male, UP is white, with black apex on FW, and a black spot at apex of HW. Female is slightly broader, with broader marking at FW apex, two additional discal spots and a black streak at mid-dorsum of FW; UN are similar in both sexes, white with black spots on FW and yellowish without markings on HW. [144]. Svetlana Shchavelina.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga,Prealtay, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Primorye, Sakhalin, the North Urals, Mid-Amur, the Volga-Average, Average Urals, Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Azores, Albania, Andorra, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica, Crete,Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Northern Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland,France (mainland), Croatia, Cycladic, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Distribution in Thailand: Wiang Pa Pao, Doi Ang Klang [144]. Svetlana Shchavelina.

Larva food plants

  • Brassica oleracea [144]. Svetlana Shchavelina.

Subspecies Pieris brassicae


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Igor Sakhno, Yuri Semejkin.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Svetlana Shchavelina.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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15.04.2015 17:10, Vasiliy Feoktistov

How many years unsuccessfully struggled with this ineradicable pest and "casket just opened" ....... I had to just stop planting cabbage (((It's sad.

15.04.2015 16:55, Alexandr Zhakov

Perhaps this picture is everywhere, in the south, too, all white cabbage butterflies are called, but really to see Pieris brassicae luck.

15.04.2015 16:53, Vasiliy Feoktistov

During the development of agricultural activities in the human population of the Moscow region Belyanko everywhere it was very high, and like everywhere else, it was considered a threat (and still it is considered by inertia).But as agriculture have come to decline and decreased the number of species (attribute this to stop planting cabbage, turnips, etc. Cruciferous industrial scale). Now meet the real cabbage we have a great success: more and more catches finer Pieris rapaePieris rapae.

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