Black-veined white butterfly Aporia crataegi

Black-veined White Butterfly (Aporia crataegi)

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.

Black-veined white butterfly Aporia crataegi

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.

Black-veined white butterfly Aporia crataegi

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.

A bientôt

Katherine x

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'Black-veined White Butterfly (Aporia crataegi)' have 7 comments

  1. July 4, 2017 @ 11:52 pm cathysrealcountrygardencom

    We see them in the bits of meadow lands in the old orchards here in the Alsace


    • April 30, 2019 @ 3:59 pm Lesley Quinton - Hoare

      I have just been delighted to see a white veined butterfly on our drive in Les Picots, Amberac 16140, Charente. I have never seen one here before – we have been here 14 years. Thought you might like to know of the location.
      Kind regards


      • May 1, 2019 @ 10:53 am Katherine

        That’s wonderful, thank you for letting me know. I haven’t seen any yet here this year, but fingers crossed I will, they’re beautiful.


  2. July 16, 2017 @ 2:53 pm daisythebus

    Very interesting (and beautiful) butterfly. I don’t know this one, but I’ll keep an eye out for it in Luxembourg. Will let you know if I spot one! #AllAboutFrance


  3. September 13, 2017 @ 6:41 pm Phoebe | Lou Messugo

    Such a delicately pretty butterfly, I don’t think I’ve seen one before. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance


  4. May 14, 2019 @ 6:27 pm NEIL PAYNE

    Hi Katherine. I saw one today on the Canal de Bourgogne about 10km north of St-Jean-de-Losne. Hope this helps. I keep a record of butterflies in my blog too. Neil x


  5. July 30, 2019 @ 11:41 pm Gaynor Roberts

    We saw masses of black veined butterflies feeding at the edge of Lac de Montriond in Haute Savoie on July 1st. this year.


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