Black-veined white - Aporia crataegi

 

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Family: Pieridae.

Flight Time: April-July.

Size: 56-68mm

Altitude: 500-2000m

 

 

 

Back in 1995 we stayed in Turunc, SW Turkey. A few miles down the peninsular from where we were staying were some beautiful conglomerate hills above a lake. Along a 50m stretch of the road were literally hundreds of A. crataegi, most were mating as the pair above are.

A species which used to be found in the southern UK but has been extinct for a while. Couldn't cope with the damp winters is one possible reason. Increased use of chemicals in orchards sounds like a more plausible one though.

 

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