Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi)

Male. Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 22nd 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f14. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Male underside. Taken in Bulgaria on June 22nd 2014.
(1/1250th sec at f13. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Mating pair. Taken at Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Approx 1.25x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 69 - 76 mm

This species became extinct in Britain in 1925, ending a decline which had begun in the early 19th century. The cause of this demise is a mystery, since its foodplants can be found in abundance in all of its former sites.

It is found in most of Europe, but has become extinct in the Netherlands.

It favours warm, sunny, bushy places, especially orchards comprising species of the larval host plants.

There is one generation a year, with the main flight period in late June and July. The larva is the over-wintering stage.

The larval foodplants are Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and most Prunus cultivars.

Thistles are a favourite nectar source.


22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Bjelopolje, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
25-Jul-2015 : Nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria