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butterfly Black-veined White Butterflies

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Scientific name:  Aporia crataegi

Size:  Wingspan up to 70mm

Distribution:  Extinct in the UK but is still fairly common in Europe

Months seen:  April to July

Habitat:  Meadows, gardens, orchards and rough grassland

Food:  Nectar.  The caterpillars feed on hawthorn and blackthorn

Special features:  The Black-veined White butterfly became extinct in the UK in the 1920's.  They are slightly larger than the Large White butterfly and the black vein markings make them unmistakable from any other white butterfly species

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