Exotic Pest Reporting
Large White Butterfly
Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae) is an insect pest of Cabbage Family. It is a native of Europe, Africa and Asia and was first detected in Northeastern USA.
Scattered reports of the Large White from the northeastern United States (New York, Rhode Island and Maine) over the past century are of a dubious nature and indicate either accidental transport or intentional release. Such introductions threaten to establish this agricultural pest in North America. .
This insect pest has been identified by USDA-APHIS as a serious threat to US Agriculture and Natural Resources.