Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two (three) generations, May-Oct.
Foodplant: Brassicas, Cabbages etc.
|Year first recorded||1929||1930||1845||1886||1961|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||2560||1255||1253||1234||310|
|Number of individuals||2753||1740||1528||2365||400|
For the county, we have a total of 6612 records from 497 sites. First recorded in 1845.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties, and often frequent to common in suburban areas where the larvae feed on a variety of garden and allotment plants. There is a lack of really rural sites for the species, nearly all the records coming from near villages or habitation of some sort.
2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across the county with no recent change in distribution or numbers.