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Pieridae – The whites and yellows

These species are relatively large and are usually seen roaming through gardens and the countryside, rather than settling in one location. Some of the best-known species are colloquially called ‘cabbage whites’ as their caterpillars use this vegetable as their foodplant. A reliance on our crops has given us a love hate relationship with these butterflies.

Large white butterfly

Pictured: large white, Pieris brassicae

See the left hand menu to find out more about the individual butterflies in this group.