Black-veined White

Aporia crataegi

Aporia Crataegi BaumweisslingAmongst the many White Butterflies (although some of them are rather blue, brown or yellow …) the Black-veined White is immediately striking. Provided you find it: It is not entirely clear why this butterfly is hardly found for decades. If it emerges however, it is unmistakable due to the jet black veins in its completely white wings.

The mating can take hours. Taking the pair carefully on one’s hand doesn’t disturb the copulation and even if the female or the male (?) decides to take off, they remain attached to each other during flight on their way to a better suited spot for their affairs.