Pieris brassicae (NL: Groot koolwitje / EN: Large White, Cabbage Butterfly, Cabbage White / DE: Großer Kohlweißling / FR: Piéride du chou) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. The underside is a pale greenish and serves as excellent camouflage when at rest. The black markings are generally darker in the summer brood. Its wingspan is 5 to 6.5 cm. The species over-winters as a chrysalis. It has two broods in a year, the first is on the wing in May and June and the second in August. The species is common throughout Europe, north Africa, and Asia to the Himalayas often in agricultural areas, meadows and parkland. It has managed to establish a population in South Africa
Image: Viroinval (BE) – 11/08/2012
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