Aporia crataegi Facts
- The remarkably beautiful Aporia crataegi represents a large Lepidoptera in the family Pieridae. This beautiful and unique insect is one of 30 butterfly species in its genus.
- This species also remains by far the most common of those in its genus.
- While it seems to have once been common in England, it mysteriously became extinct there in the early 20th century.
- No explanation for the sudden disappearance from that region has ever been found.
- Adding to the mystery comes the fact that numerous attempts to reintroduce the species to England have also met with repeated failure.
- The Aporia crataegi remains known for its rather extensive migrations.
Aporia crataegi Physical Description
The gorgeous Aporia crataegi attains an average wingspan of roughly 2.8 in (70 mm). The upper portions of both wings are white with black veins in each gender.
The Aporia crataegi displays a degree of sexual dimorphism in regards to both coloring and size. Females typically grow slightly larger than the males.
Also, among males, the veins on the underside of the wings display black in color. Among females, however, the veins on the underside of the wings show brown in color.
Species: A. crataegi
Aporia crataegi Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
While it seems to have once been common in England, it mysteriously became extinct there in the early 20th century.
It typically inhabits areas of bush and orchards within this range. The majority of individuals seem to inhabit altitudes between 1,600-6,600 ft (500-2,000 m).
Like most Lepidoptera, the individuals of this lovely species typically only live for one year.