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Large white butterfly

Pictured: large white, Pieris brassicae

Notes from Jenyns: Common everywhere: the larvae on cabbages in the Autumn. ~

200-year trend in Cambridgeshire: Probable decline.

Modern records

Today, as in Jenyns’ time, this species is widespread and common throughout the county, and often frequents cabbage patches. However, the use of pesticides both commercially and in gardens will have probably reduced the total population of butterflies.

National records map

Large white national records map: