Aporia crataegi, the black-veined white, is a large butterfly of the family Pieridae. It survives in much of Europe but it has been extinct in Great Britain since about 1925. It was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill who tried to reintroduce the beautiful species to Southern England where it used to thrive in earlier times. He released colonies of Black veined whites in the large grounds of his home at Chartwell in Kent but they did not survive.
- Aporia crataegi adherbal (Fruhstorfer, 1910) Japan
- Aporia crataegi augusta (Turati, 1905) Sicily
- Aporia crataegi augustior (Graves, 1925) Jordan, Israel
- Aporia crataegi banghaasi (Bryk, 1921)
- Aporia crataegi basania (Fruhstorfer, 1910) Alps
- Aporia crataegi colona (Krulikowsky, 1909) Russia
- Aporia crataegi crataegi (Linnaeus, 1758) Scandinavia
- Aporia crataegi fert (Turati & Fiori, 1930) Greece
- Aporia crataegi hyalina (Röber, 1907) Asia Minor
- Aporia crataegi iranica (Forster, 1939) Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan
- Aporia crataegi karavaievi (Krulikowsky, 1926) Russia, Ukraine, Balkans
- Aporia crataegi mauretanica (Obethür, 1909) Northern Africa
- Aporia crataegi meinhardi (Krulikowsky, 1909) Siberia, Kamchatka Peninsula
- Aporia crataegi pellucida (Ruber, 1907) Kopet-Dagh
- Aporia crataegi rotunda (Eitschberger, 1971) Italy
- Aporia crataegi rutae (Bryk, 1940) Spain
- Aporia crataegi sachalinensis (Matsumura, 1925) Sakhalin
- Aporia crataegi shugnana (Sheljuzhko, 1925) Pamir
- Aporia crataegi tianschanica (Rühl, 1893)
- Aporia crataegi transitoria (Lempke, 1974) Central Europe
Distribution and habitat
It occurs in open forest, grazing land, orchards. lanes, gardens, meadows and thickets throughout most of Europe, temperate Asia, Korea, and Japan. This species is extinct in the British Isles.
The black-veined white has a wingspan of 51 to 70 mm (2.0 to 2.8 in). Females are commonly larger than males. The upperside of both forewings and hindwings is a translucent white boldly veined with black. The underside is similar in the male but the female has brown veining. Moreover, the female loses most of her scales by rubbing her wings together, resulting almost-transparent.
The eggs are yellow at first, darkening with age. The caterpillars are greenish grey with transverse banding. The pupa is creamy white, marked with black, attached by a silken girdle to a twig.
The flight period of the black-veined white is between April and July. The adults are quite social and their abundance varies greatly from year to year. The eggs are laid on the food plant, usually a member of the rose family Rosaceae and often on trees and bushes (Malus domestica, Malus micromalus, Pyrus communis, Pyrus serotina, Sorbus intermedia, Sorbus hybrida, Sorbus aucuparia, Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus oxyacantha, Crataegus jozana, Prunus spinosa, Prunus padus, Prunus ssiori, Betula spp., Salix phylicifolia, Chaenomeles lagenaria).
The eggs are laid in groups of 30 to 100. They take about three weeks to hatch. The caterpillars tend to remain in a group with a communal larval web. This species has one generation each year. The caterpillars overwinter communally in a webbing tent with entwined leaves. Caterpillars feed close together on the leaves of the food plant at first, before dispersing in the later developmental stages to other parts of the tree.
- Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa by Paolo Mazzei, Daniel Morel, Raniero Panfili