Female Large White butterfly taken August 17, 2010 in Jordanstown on Nasturtium leaves.

 

  

Caterpillars of the Large White butterfly taken in Jordanstown 26 September 2010.

The Large White is one of two species (the other being the Small White) that can claim the title of “Cabbage White” that is the bane of gardeners all over the British Isles. The larva of this species can reach pest proportions, and decimate cabbages to the point that they become mere skeletons of their former selves. The female is distinguished from the male by the presence of 2 black spots, together with a black dash, on the forewing upper side.

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Wednesday August 31, 2011