Aporia crataegi Linnaeus, 1758 ♀♂ ♥
Noms communs : Black-veined [En], Gazé, Piéride de l'aubépine [Fr], Groot geaderd witje [Nl], Baum-Weißling [De], Pieride del biancospino [It], ∆ιαφανής πιερίδα [Gr], Alıç Kelebeği [Tu]
Grammos Mount, KASTORIA ● Greece
Description: Male has prominent black veins on white wings with no black cell spots. Female is similar, but has browner veins and a variable amount of dark scales on its more transparent wings.
Size is between 56mm and 68mm.
Biology: It usually feeds on Rosaceae plants, especially in the genus Prunus. Flight time is between April and July,
An interesting characteristic of this species is that the female, by rubbing her wings together, loses many of her scales, resulting in an almost-transparent look when compared with the white wings of the male. The purpose of this behaviour remains a mystery.
Habitat: It is normally found an altitudes between 500m and 2,000m.
Distribution: The Black-veined White is found in orchards and bushes throughout most of Europe except Northern Europe, North Africa, temperate Asia, Korea and Japan. This species is extinct in the British Isles around 1925.
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.