French name: Le Gazé
The Black-veined white butterfly, Aporia crataegi, was once a common sight across France, but in more recent years it has become scarce particularly in the North and North-East of France. In the UK it is considered to have been extinct since the mid 1920’s.
The black-veined white is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 69-76mm. They can be found feeding on scrubby grassland, along roadside verges and the edges of woodlands where their food plants grow, usually up to elevations of about 1600m. Black-veined white feed on a variety of wildflowers including scabious, vetch, ox-eye daisies and vipers bugloss.
I was lucky enough to film this black-veined white butterfly feeding on vetch close to our home last week.
Black-veined white butterflies are in flight between May and early August. With them becoming more scarce across France, I’d love to know if you’ve seen one, please do leave your comments in the box below.